We face storms, don't we?
They come from the heavens with thunder and lightening, but hurricanes and tornadoes also bombard us in life. We call them by different names: financial ruin, divorce, cancer. loss of loved ones, loneliness.
Some of these tempests from the sky are real. Many cause destruction. A few are short-lived and gone, while personal storms can last a lifetime.
We flew to Tulsa this past week. The plane was delayed for five hours due to bad weather. Oklahoma is famous for tornadoes, and these scary things lurked in and about the area.
Once we took off, the pilot told us we would fly above the clouds.
Saying goodbye and celebrating a life well lived is a storm. Although the brutal force of the cloud is short-lived, grief and sadness lasts longer.