Residents of California whose homes were burned by the wildfires that have been ravaging the state expressed their thankfulness to God that they are still alive.
More than 26 wildfires have been burning through half a million acres, according to The Atlantic. Many people have been forced to evacuate and have lost their homes.
According to ChristianToday.com, however, many residents of the places ravaged by fires remain thankful to God for sparing their lives, despite the loss of property they have suffered.
The Nims family was forced to evacuate their home in West Cajon Valley because of the Blue Cut fire. On Sunday, they returned home to survey the damage, and found that their home was now nothing but rubble.
"I want to yell, but it's already done," mother Tina said, as quoted by The San Bernardino Sun. "We can't blame anyone. Thanks to God we are still alive."
Son Cody also acknowledged that memories are worth more than possessions.
Another family who had to evacuate due to the fires was the Clarks. Roberta Clark said the destruction was “heartbreaking,” but still, she thanked God through the midst of her heartbreak.
"We were driving so slowly, looking around, crying, thanking God," Clark said.
Firefighters are working tirelessly to put the fires out, but many communities are still under evacuation warnings.
Publication date: August 24, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.