Wait for rain. Wait for the temps to drop below 100. Wait for the fires to be extinguished.
Wait to go home. Wait to see if you have a home. Wait to see if your animals are alive.
Wait to find a place to rest your head. Wait to wash the dust and soot from your eyes.
Wait to feed your children. Wait for help. Wait to return to ashes and ruins.
Wait for the tears to fall. Wait for them to stop. Wait to breathe.
My family who lost so much in the fires in Cedar Creek remain strong in their faith and show a fortitude that is remarkable. In the simplest terms- they have grit and guts and God.
As they begin once more, their gratitude is without measure. With the help they received from family, friends and strangers they made it out safely. They were wrapped up in the comforting arms of family and have now been able to return home to the land they love and the home they made together. After days of battling the flames, smoke and heat- they are safe. The horses are safe. They are heroes walking among heroes...a community that will never be the same. I wish I could send them green grass and blooming trees- a clear blue sky with a brilliant rainbow after a week of pouring rain.
I chose these photos today because I am so weary of looking at the terrible images of fire, death and destruction. It's not my intention to diminish the tragedy, I only hope to remind us that there is hope in a new day.
The fires still burn. Here, there...everywhere. So we wait.
We wait for answers. We wait for rain. We wait to begin again...each in our own way.
"May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace."