When a tornado hits parents grab their children, run to shelter, and then they do something amazing. Parents throw themselves over their little ones, using their bodies as a layer of protection. It’s instinctive and spontaneous and beautiful.
It’s what happened in my bedroom closet. Keith grabbed our little girls, ran into our closet, and laid his body over them. He saved their lives.
Last night, parents across our town saved their children. Our town is devastated; our homes gone; some of our people missing. But we will be okay because my community is filled with people who threw themselves over little ones; people who ran to their neighbors even while their own homes were reduced to rubble on foundation; people who dug for hours on the chance there might be someone to save.
And today something else amazing happened. Today we felt the world reach out in truly meaningful, personal ways. Friends from around the world extended their help and compassion. So, thank you to everyone who reached out to us and to Joplin, Missouri. The brave parents who covered their children yesterday are the ones needing covering today. Please continue to pray, to reach out, and to provide us with this much-needed layer of protection.