Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prayers for the Scouts at Little Sioux, IA

After seeing the reports of last night's tornado and hearing interviews with Scouts and their leaders this morning, I am grateful that the principles and motto of Scouting are still strong and honorable. "Be prepared", the Boy Scout motto, led the able-bodied young men to spring into action and help those who were injured and traumatized.

I am also proud of the citizens and officials of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska for their quick response and teamwork. I grew up in that area, making many trips along I-29 between Sioux City and Omaha, and to many of the little towns along that corridor. To quote words from the song "Iowa Stubborn" in The Music Man:

"...We can stand touchin' noses
For a week at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But we'll give you our shirt
And a back to go with it..."
The word "resilient" was used several in news reports to describe Iowans, but I think that applies to all Mid-Westerners --- heck, I hope all Americans. At this moment, 54 of the 99 Iowa counties are under disaster status due to flooding and storm damage. As we say our prayers for the world, our families and our way of life, please ask for comfort for the Scouts, safety for the flooding victims, and a calming of the horrific storms that have taken so many lives.
God bless all of America!

1 comment:

Weary Hag said...

Very nicely written tribute!