The sorrow we all felt for the damage incurred to the natural beauty within the Smokies still haunts us today. Yet, signs of life and hope can be seen even surrounding the most fire-scarred areas as seen on the Chimney Tops this past fall, one year later. I pray this is true for the families that faced the tragic loss of human life and property as well. It was so encouraging to hear of the outpouring of love and support by thousands for those affected by the blaze and the courage demonstrated by the locals to face tomorrow with the motto "Mountain Strong."

But in the midst of all the questions WHY was an even bigger WHO. The Lord used so many to minister to the hurting and provide for their needs. Just as the Lord is restoring the land He will restore broken lives. 

I don't know what you're going through today but please know that God cares, revives, rebuilds and restores. Trust Him and hold on to that truth.

Psalm 71:20
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.


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