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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a precise devastation. No people dead*, no homes destroyed, just cattle. And, lots of them…. an estimated 25,000. To our neighbors out west it must feel like the plague on livestock all over again.

I know God loves cows:  Jonah 4:11 – “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their left hand from their right, AND MANY CATTLE AS WELL. Should I not be concerned about that great city?

Here is taste of prairie spirituality as it relates to what we are facing right now in Western South Dakota. I share it to help you pray for our neighbors just west… Broken Dreams and Hearts on the Western Dakota Prairie.

You don’t just simply go “buy new cows” and start over. The foundation is removed. The legacy.  The years.  The work.  The love. The faith. It takes years of work and faith to grow a herd . . . to raise healthy, quality cattle. It takes decades.

We look for bits of hope. The news of a family who has found live cattle brings rejoicing. Freeing live tree branches from snow banks to reach toward the sky again, feels life-giving. Finding life.

You can read here what I wrote about neighborliness as a response to this crisis. Hopefully there will be some Federal relief, but here we are in a shutdown and government is broke and it’s not the governments job take care of a neighbor in need. That’s where you and I come in and we are accountable.

Neighborliness is America at it’s best.

I hope you will make a significant donation to the Rancher Relief fund the governor has set up.  Here are additional suggested ways you can help.

2013storm3We’ve now learned that four South Dakotans did lose their lives in accidents or misfortunes related to the storm in western South Dakota.

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