March 5, 2020
My Dear Reader,
I love Nashville. From the wide open sidewalks with plenty of walking room to the local restaurants and parks, it truly is one of my favorite cities. But any place is only as good as the people. I was not here for the storms in 2010, but I suppose certainly here for the surprise tornado in 2020. And you know what I saw? I saw the greatest outpouring of passion care and support for one another that I’ve ever seen. Putnam County, which was hit the hardest by the storm actually started to run out of room for all of the supplies that were being donated. There were lines of people waiting to donate blood and all over social media people were offering things to help rebuild. Local companies donated supplies and the general atmosphere was one of compassion.
One story that I gravitated towards comes from one of an unknown veteran. A young couple was woken up by the storm and which part of their house had collapsed and this man’s fiancee was buried under the rubble. She was bleeding out and he simply could not get to her. But this unknown veteran stopped by to help dig her out of the collapsed building, and provided a tourniquet to stop her from bleeding out. This man did not have to save this person’s life, but he did because it was the right thing to do. It is stores like this that remind us what God sees in us.
It’s easy to shrug off storms or tragedy when it doesn’t happen to you, as an evil man once said “100 dead men is just a number” but that is not how Nashville reacted and the surrounding areas reacted. At times people mock Southern Culture, and write it off as somehow backwards. Especially on the coasts. But I’ll tell you one thing, when the going gets tough I’d want a southerner by my side.
To your Creation and Potential,