The longest seven days I can ever recall. I've sat at my window and watched the plumes rise and fall, escalate and dissipate. And at the end of it, 347 homes lost, 10 people unaccounted for and one loss of life..
But in this day and age of social media and media blasts we ccan find out what is happening on the other side of the world in mere minutes. So all of you probably know the facts about the Waldo Canyon Fire of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Teller County.
Here's what you don't know. Historical Flying W Ranch is gone. The owners will rebuild, but our hearts are broken because the historical buildings are gone. You know that 347 families lost their homes. what you don't know is that many of those people were my friends and my heart is breaking. The Air Force Academy was partially evacuated. What you don't know is that all of us cried when it happened. Those aren't just military people...they are OUR people...they go to our churches, shop in our malls, the cadets are adopted by families and stay in our homes during their time here. 26,000 people are still displaced. The national media treats it like its just a huge number. Well...yes....it is a huge number...but it's everyone we know and love.
Roads are closed. It's our lifeline up here in Teller County. We can't get to Colorado Springs unless we drive practically 100 miles out of the way. More than a thousant firefighters are working day and night to save us and our property. What you don't know is that we stand on the street corners and wave and yell our thanks to them as they drive through town before and after their shifts.
Yes...this is a scrambled mess of a blog today. I am...we are...everyone...is exhausted. I can't even think straight anymore.
Please continue to think about and pray for us. Our God is faithful, he is awesome and good, but God inhabits the praises and prayers of his people. Please stand in the gap for us....still.