Celebrating Nature

I'm always astonished at the metamorphosis of nature. Nature is power. Nature is grace. As we go through our busy lives, day to day, month to month, year to year, do you remember? Do you stop to recognize the new beginnings and healing that nature's spring brings us?...

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Where Are We At These Days?

If you close your eyes for a moment and think back over the course of the last six months, what would you be thinking about? Would you be able to separate in your mind all the events that had occurred? Or would it just be a big blur? When I look back over the past six...

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A Sense of Urgency

Since the beginning of the Walmart parking lot, it seems like it's been forever. Maybe it's because there's been a continual push to come up with solutions for people. As if the harshness of the fire wasn't hard enough, winter is continuing to inflict pain. There are...

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The Work You Are Doing

After the agencies go home, after the news cameras go away, after the holidays, it's so easy to step into normal life again. But for the victims of the Camp Fire, it's not about stepping into a normal life. It's about coming to peace with what a new normal looks like....

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My Thoughts

I was going to do an email last week. After all that we have been through together in helping the Camp Fire folks, I wanted to do a positive, uplifting email with progress, new beginnings and the gratification that all this is making a difference. I know it is making...

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Look What You Created

I have made so many trips to Chico and Magalia, that I can't even begin to tell you how many. I want to tell you what you created. In the beginning, it was the Walmart parking lot, it's smoke and the despair. It was about all the animals and their suffering. It was...

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There Has To Be Hope

Since the beginning of the Walmart parking lot, I've been going to shelter to shelter to shelter. Some times I feel like a gerbil turning on a wheel. It's gotten to the point that I recognize the faces when I come across them at the shelter at Silver Dollar...

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Hell In Magalia

The night the fire roared towards Magalia, the First Baptist Church stood in its way. I cannot imagine what Hell looks like, but from outside the front door of the church Pastor Doug and thirty others stared at Hell. Believe it or not, this is the church the next...

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