This has been a stressful week. I can’t even remember the days before Saturday. We didn’t get raptured that day … not that any of us REALLY thought that was going to happen that day … but every one of us gave it a thought or two. You see, the guy who came up with the Judgment Day predictions was originally from Grand Rapids.
So Saturday, six o’clock came and went. The Christians are still here, to struggle right along with the rest of humanity.
Sunday morning Mike and I went to church. We have a new church since last August, and we like it very much, and never want to miss the chance to “hang with the saints.”
We drove out I196 to Lake Michigan Drive and I took a glance to my left as we passed the downtown area, because I knew the Rob Bliss Grand Rapids LipDub was going on that morning. You needed to gather by 9 AM to be part of the crowd. We were at church already by 9 AM. It was “Dispensationalism 101” Sunday. We had a grill-out/potluck afterwards. I brought my bff Kathy’s recipe “Barbecue Beans” … they were a big hit. I wished the LipDub would have been not on a Sunday morning because I’d have loved to be downtown. I really love Grand Rapids; I really love Rob Bliss’s energetic community events; I really love how my little town has gotten so cultural in my adult lifetime.
Sunday afternoon there was a bad tornado in Minnesota; and we were under “watches” for tornadoes here. There was a deadly tornado in G.R. when I was a little girl. I’ve had bad dreams about tornadoes. Before I went to bed Sunday night, I took a bunch of stuff down to the basement. I always do that during tornado season. I took my scrapbooks, my strong box, my jewelry box, my purse, my laptop … this time I even took some canned goods down there, and a box of raisins, box of crackers, some silverware. There’s bottled water down there left-over from my original fear-stash in the days after 9/11.
Woke up Monday morning to the images of the Missouri E-5 tornado. And by tonight I have realized that tornadoes chew up everything and spit it on top of your head … if you even survive … so I brought the crackers and the raisins back upstairs. The treasures are still in a plastic tub in the basement. Tornado season doesn’t really start in Michigan until June — when the air here gets hotter.
Well, Tuesday night, I got a text from my almost-daughter-in-law, Amy. (Josh and Amy are getting married on 6/25. That’s my son Scott, who died 2 years ago on 6/18/09’s birthday. Josh & Amy chose that date on purpose. Amy’s shower is 6/18/11. Why? Just sayin’ … but not to them, of course.)
Anyway, the text from Amy was asking me to pray for her friend, David, whom I’ve never met. Amy’s parents are church-building missionaries, so Amy grew up living all sorts of places, and she has friends all over the U.S. David had been “swept away” in a river in Arkansas. So I prayed. And prayed. And this 21-year-old has been in my heart and on my mind all week.
Over on Facebook, David’s brother’s future-mother-in-law had, by Wednesday night, created a special “page” for prayers for David and updates on the search effort. So I’ve been praying, and visiting that page, multiple times each day.
Hundreds of people are praying for David. Many of us, like myself, have never met him, but are friends or relatives of David’s friends.
From Tuesday night until tonight … constantly in our unanswered prayers, is a young man swept away in a river. Sonar has determined, the Arkansas authorities claim, that there is no body in the river, so the family should not give up hope. Cadaver dogs have also determined that there is no body in the river. So last night they started searching the forest with volunteers and bloodhounds. Everybody has been praying. I am not used to prayers this heart-felt, humble, and fervent going unanswered! How in the world can a person simply vanish when his whole community is searching for him day and night?
The bright spot in the week, for me, has been the YouTube release yesterday of our Grand Rapids LipDub video. I really want to share that with everybody!
On YouTube the response has been very favorable. It was featured on several network newscasts tonight, to my surprise. A very few YouTube comments were criticizing the “under-representation of minorities.” Well, in Grand Rapids, a LOT of people go to church on Sunday morning. I had personally wished that the Bethel Pentecostal Choir would have been in the LipDub — they are really cool, and mostly African-American. Would have liked to see the Three Fires tribes in it, too. PaWaTing MeGedWin senior citizens meet twice a week at the church where I work (not the same church that I attend on Sundays). The Three Fires Annual Pow Wow will be at Riverside Park in June … The church I work at is quite multi-cultural; and the church I go to is, too. The happy, clean-cut faces of several races that you’ll see in this video are mostly people who either don’t go to church at all, or who played hooky for the Rob Bliss event. Grand Rapids is a cool city. I love living here. I love going downtown. I hope you will enjoy the video I post in the comments (because I can’t post it in the body of this blog).
Hey! I actually wrote a BLOG!