We are privileged to live only a couple of hours away from Branson, Missouri.
My husband and I usually go there a few times a year just to get away,
...or to celebrate a special occasion.
This past weekend it was the latter,
which just happened to be my birthday!
I hadn't been there since the tornado went through,
and was anxious to see how bad the damage was,
...AND what progress was being made.
It was hard to narrow down my photo selection,
but I'll share a few shots
to give you an idea what we saw.
|It wasn't long after we turned onto|
"The Strip" (Highway 76)
that we began to see damage,
as well as evidence of frustration!
|Port-a-potties abounded where work was in progress.|
|Shops that had suffered damage had signs saying they had reopened, |
even though it was evident that construction had not been completed.
|The tornado seemed to skip around, |
completely destroying some businesses,
and leaving others totally intact.
|Some businesses gave evidence of moving to new locations.|
|Others were boarded up, and by the signs|
I couldn't tell if they were planning to reopen or not.
...Not that I was planning to get a tattoo,
just in case you wondered!!!
My visit to Branson reminded me of the strong will to survive
that God has put within the heart of man,
and I thought of a couple of verses from the Bible
found in Isaiah 61:4&7:
"And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities...
Instead of your shame
you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion
they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land
they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs."
Yes, ...Life goes on - even in Branson.
It may be their best tourist year ever!
For a look at my name of God for today, click HERE!
To see more pictures of the damage, click here.