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He Cares
by RaeLynn Teller
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Growing up in Louisiana, I have weathered my share of tornados. Blissfully I settled in the deserts of the Southwest far from that destructiveness. As jobs and careers took my sons to the Ft. Worth area, the nagging fear was always in the back of my mind. Early this morning, during the dawn of my oldest son’s 37th birthday, that fear became a reality. With what is considered minimal damage and no injuries, Ft. Worth will no longer be their home.

The picture is my youngest son’s back yard.

He Cares


The blinding lightning awakened them all

Even before the sirens were heard

The winds increased as the rain fell in sheets

With hail that left windows shattered


Huddled in a bathtub

Holding loved ones near

Every man believes in God

Praying their pleas are heard


Electricity is lost as thunder crashes

Amongst roaring trains and splintering trees

Sounds of destruction within their home

Reflecting on their own lives’ journeys


Twenty minutes can be a lifetime

Before courage is gathered to venture out

The sky is green in this early dawn

Lucky to be alive without a doubt


Not a tree on the street is left untouched

Damage is discussed in varying degrees

Material things can mostly be replaced

Soothing their neighbor’s frenzies


Angels worked hard this morning

Protecting one and all

Knees are bent in adoration

Thankful for miracles big and small


“Thank you, God, thank you”

A most important prayer

One too often we forget

When He shows us He truly does care


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Reviewed by Barbara Henry 7/13/2012
Powerful work RaeLynn,that testifies to God's great love and care for us.
Thankfully,your loved ones were NOT hurt.
I have also written a poem having the same title; when you get a moment, will you go to my site and read it? I'd like your feedback.
Much success-
Barbara J. Henry
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 8/1/2008
So true, I'm glad everyone was safe...lovely writing!
Reviewed by Connie Faust 5/9/2008
My daughter and family had one a couple years ago in Van Wert, Ohio. They too huddled,(seems that word says it all in tornadoes) in their bathroom closet. There was death and destruction in their block, but their home escaped unharmed.
Experiences like this sure do make people turn to God for help, which is one good thing that comes from the bad, and people reach out to help each other, too.
You told the story well.
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 4/16/2008
RaeLynn, your poem vividly captures the feelings of how people deal with this kind of horror, as does your expression of faith and trust.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/14/2008
How true Raelynn for He really does care and I have come to believe that there is a reason for everything, although it may not always be what we want or when we want it, but He has his reasons. A great write and I am so glad they are all safe. Thank you for sharing.

Love ya face Raelynn XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/14/2008
You brought the scene to life as well as the inspiration of trust.
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 4/10/2008
Living just south of Houston, I'd heard of the storms in the Fort Worth area and the destruction they had caused. I have many friends who live up that way and thankfully, all of them had minimal damage. I'm glad your son is okay. Homes, cars, and material things can always be replaced; lives cannot, so I'm glad your family is safe and sound.

Best wishes to you and yours,
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/10/2008
Sounds like your prayers were answered. Though much damage your family is still intact. Last night was pretty bad with sirens going off all over the place.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/10/2008
This is when I wish I could move out of Texas--preferably to ALASKA, where the only storms they have there are MAGNETIC--i.e., the Northern Lights! I've had more than enough of this spring season already; now been in FIVE tornadoes!! NOT good!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :(

Storms woke me up too; actually, Karla did. GRRR!!
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/10/2008
Power of God,s creation is mighty. My son is stationed in Texas right now.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/10/2008
Strong imagery used in showing the terrible effects these storms have on people. Thank God all survived but I would move also if possible.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/10/2008
(((Rae Lynn)))

I'm so sorry your son went through this - we did, too, 12 miles south of downtown Fort Worth (Burleson) - GAD what a scary night! No damage here, thank God, just shattered nerves - we had tornado warnings around 3:00 a.m., twin sis and I at local hospital for shelter - don't feel comfortable in my apartment. Know the fear, all too well - powerfully imaged (and felt) - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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