I came across your article because I was researching the typhoon in the
Philippines for a fiction story I am working on. Anyways, I just wanted to leave
a comment to say how great I thought this writing was. It really put me in the
moment, with the people in the Philippines. The way you weaved a before and
after narrative was so effortless and honest that I was taken aback. Thank you
for caring so much about the world. I have registered with this website. Solely
to leave this comment. Keep writing! Also if you have any websites about how we
can help, if they still need it now, which I'm sure they do, let me know. I
would like to help I just don't know how.
Perhaps this is not the place, but this massive storm may be a warning about
what is to come. Climate models predict more violent storms accompanying
climate change. Think of it. We have had this terrible storm, plus Hurricane
Sandy on the east coast, and even a tropical storm in the tops of the Rockies -
Colorado all within the last year. Sea level countries like the Philippines are
targets. Can anything be done to stem this process? Is it already too late?
This paper needs to delve into this matter further.
I noticed that the title of this article mentioned miracles and as far as what
the Bible says miracles come from God but this article doesn't give any
glory to the Lord for anything that could be considered good. It seems this
article's purpose was to promote how great the Mormon church is in their
relief efforts. This seems to be pretty typical...leaving God out.
At the end of the day It's good to have my girl next to me. Because at the
end of the day all the words don't mean any thing it's what you do.
Very interesting stories about the people who survived because they obeyed the
bishop's counsel to go to the chapel during the storm. The scripture
"Stand Ye in Holy Places" comes to mind.
Thousands dead. Hundreds of thousands displaced. Sorry, but no
'miracles' occurred in this instance. Happenstance, coincidence, luck,
they were there. In a few cases. The providence of an almighty god was, however,
Thank you for this very personal narrative of the disaster. It touches my heart
on many levels. Mostly of the endurance of the human spirit and that good
prevails in large measure over evil in troubled times. The other way it touches
me personally is of my personal preparation especially where it states "the
72 hour kits were washed away". This is not new as I have heard it before
similarly in other disasters such as war, flooding, etc. where members lost
their food storage though they thoughtfully prepared. This has caused me to
prayerfully consider how to adapt the general recommendations for my local
circumstances and have backup resources if possible. The Lord is there to help
us prepare and if we are prepared we shall not fear.
Thank you for writing with such clarity and emotion. God bless these people!