This has been quite a week. I was evacuated from my home in western Colorado Springs on Tuesday evening during the Waldo Canyon fire storm that took almost 350 homes. That included the homes of at least 3 dear friends, 7 coworkers and 74 families from my church. I don’t know yet if I know any others. But one thing that is lost in those horribly high numbers is that the wonderful firefighters did save 81% of the homes! And my beloved Glen Eyrie! And that is a much bigger number.
Yesterday, I was able to go home and get over to see some of the devastation. While it is horrible, is not as bad as I expected to see. The firefighters did an amazing job at protecting as much as they possibly could.
Glen Eyrie is the home of The Navigators (I work there part-time). As you can imagine it was a very hard time for all of us because it’s not “work”, it’s family. It’s a place of spiritual retreat and rest. We are so grateful for what God did spare.
This photo was taken at Glen Eyrie just one week before the fire began. In light of that, I want to dedicate it to the families who lost their homes and to the brave men and women who risked their lives to save countless other homes and Glen Eyrie. I call it simply: Dedication.
New life will return – Butterflies will return – Sanctuary will return.
Please keep praying for the whole state of Colorado and the west and all the brave men and women striving to save homes and lives in the wake of countless wildfires. Pray for those who lost their homes as they figure out how to move forward. May God bring rain and bring something new and amazing out of this tragedy!