Monday, May 07, 2007

Pray for Greenburg, Kansas

Give to the LORD, you heavenly beings, give to the LORD glory and might;

Give to the LORD the glory due God's name. Bow down before the LORD'S holy splendor!

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is power; the voice of the LORD is splendor.

The voice of the LORD cracks the cedars; the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon,

Makes Lebanon leap like a calf, and Sirion like a young bull.

The voice of the LORD strikes with fiery flame;

the voice of the LORD rocks the desert; the LORD rocks the desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. All in his palace say, "Glory!"
Well, maybe not:

The rebuilding effort in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, likely will be hampered because some much-needed equipment is in Iraq, said that state’s governor.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius said much of the National Guard equipment usually positioned around the state to respond to emergencies is gone. She said not having immediate access to things like tents, trucks and semitrailers will really handicap the rebuilding effort.

The Greensburg administrator estimated that 95 percent of the town of 1500 was destroyed by Friday's tornado.

The Kansas National Guard has about 40 percent of the equipment it is allotted because much of it has been sent to Iraq.
No, I'm not being a smart-aleck. Just pointing out another consequence of this misbegotten foreign adventure. The only excuse for this is that Bush was supposed to rebuke all sources of natural disaster and tell them to "be still" until the National Guard could return.

That, or this Administration truly doesn't think the National Guard serves any purpose other than to be reserves for military misadventures. Either way, Psalm 29 is a powerful hymn of praise to the power of Nature and of the Creator behind that power. It serves to remind us where the real power lies. This, I will only point out, is just the voice of the Lord.

The LORD sits enthroned above the flood! The LORD reigns as king forever!

May the LORD give might to his people; may the LORD bless his people with peace!

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