Saturday’s Tornadoes and Our Seminary

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, West Michigan was hit by some powerful storms, which included 2-3 inches of driving rain, fierce winds, and a number of small tornadoes. One, in fact, touched down near the PRC Seminary and caused some minor damage – not to the building but to the property.

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We lost two noteworthy trees – the last large crabtree in the front and our large apple tree in the back. Both missed hitting the building – the crabtree fell to the west and the apple tree to the north (if it had fallen south, it would have struck the building).

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In addition, many large branches came down in the woods around us, including two near the south side of our parking lot. And there was debris everywhere, littering the parking lot, driveway, and grounds.

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We also lost power for a day, but that was restored late Saturday night already. Phone and Internet were restored yesterday late in the afternoon. So, today, we have returned to normal – for the most part. There is still some cleanup to do and some decisions to be made on the crabtree.

We are thankful that the Lord of the storm (Yes, Jesus Christ marched through our area!) spared us more serious damage and that there was no loss of life due to the storms. But many suffered much more devastation to property (You may read about this at this local news link or this one). We are also grateful for those who work to clean up and to restore essential services in our area.

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Last night, the Lord also gave us a wonderful sign of His faithful covenant Word. My wife captured this on her phone as we came home from church and our daughter’s home through the muck fields south of us. It was amazing!

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Just as we stood in awe of God’s power in the storm Saturday, so we stood in awe of His comforting peace last night. God is great. And good. To His own. In His Son. Shall we praise Him in the storms and in the calms of creation and life?

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  1. Thanks for those pictures!
    I am always amazed by rainbows, (it wasn’t that nice by our house!)
    They are infrequent enough to always inspire awe and wonder, never tire of seeing them, while at the same time offering an amazing opportunity each time we see them to …

    …teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Duet 6:7)

    Especially with us being where we are in our family (1yr old to 9 yr old) it is always a chance to reinforce to the older ones the assurance of the promises of God, while offering a chance for the younger ones to hear that ‘for the first time’ –

    Plus last night it gave me an opportunity to see the promises of God in a way fulfilled in my children as they get older. I thankfully observed them as they recognize the wonder of God in nature. My 9 year old was the first to spot and enthusiastically point out the rainbow last night …

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  2. I am teaching my weather unit to begin the school year. This post will be shown to the students.

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  3. Beautiful rainbow! Thanks for sharing. We missed seeing that!

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  4. We saw that up North as well. Truly He is good and faithful.

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  5. […] Nursery this week, to replace the crab apple that was uprooted by the tornado that passed near Seminary on August 20 (above […]

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