Skip to comments.Prayers & Support Needed for Viking2002
Posted on 07/15/2012 3:08:27 PM PDT by Vision
Freeper Viking2002 has been involved in a life altering disaster. Please offer him any prayers and support you may have. I'll let him speak for himself. Please direct your posts to Viking2002.
First email: Our house burned down to a shell around 11 this morning, and it was essentially a total loss - a bad electrical outlet that wasnt even being used was pegged as the culprit, according to the fire marshall. Most painful of all was losing our kids, Nigel and Scrat - they were overcome by the rapidity of the disaster and couldnt get out through their pet door and into the back yard. The EMTs tried to revive them in the front yard, but they couldnt overcome the heat and smoke damage to their lungs. Our personal belongings are just that - belongings. Things. They can be replaced; but losing our dogs was a sword through the heart that made me curse God Himself, until the church minister arrived and helped put me at ease.
But Im currently just waking up from the shell shock, and nowhere near that Kubler-Ross stage of grief yet, so I may need to be institutionalized once I reach that point. I think most of you thought I needed to be medicated, anyway. The Red Cross has stepped up and given us a motel room locally, and family and church from both sides of the marriage have descended upon us to help with the aftermath. My mother, brother-in-law, and sister are currently driving down here from MD and PA for the first time since I relocated here in 99. We were able to salvage one laptop with wireless, and were sharing it during the off moments we have; I dug two more out of the rubble, both suffering from heat, water, and smoke damage, but think I can cobble together a working unit from the giblets of both, since they the same model and one actually did boot up tonight. The desktop PCs will probably never boot again, unless the hard drives somehow survived (although the PC next to the ignition source is a heat-twisted black skeleton, and its getting last rites presumptively). So, no matter what the outcome with the bank, insurance company, etc., were pretty much starting over with just the clothes on our back, and the acrid stink of fate clinging to our skin. But Ill be out here; its just that the Devil handed a fiftyish couple a shared midlife crisis they werent expecting. At all.
Second email: This is Eric - we salvaged a laptop to use here in the motel. Our house was totaled. It went up so quickly, it was fully involved and out of control by the time our neighbor called 911. The fire marshal isolated an electrical outlet - one that wasnt even used - as the point of ignition. A storm had just hit the area, so were deeply suspect of a lightning strike. We want to thank everyone - down here and up there - for your prayers. It means the world to us that so many people have lent us support as they have. Everyone down here has been fantastic - the Red Cross, The Christian Center, our church, and our minister, Brother Fran, whos already crawled through the soot and grime to help recover what he could, Connies family, my step-children, their father, the community, even people weve never known have shown up with their sleeves rolled up and ready to do whatever they can. Were overwhelmed by the support weve been given by all. At the end of the day, what we lost is replaceable.
Connie and I still have each other - that cant be replaced. The hardest part was losing our kids, Nigel and Dixie. The EMTs tried to resuscitate them, but the heat and smoke was too much for their little Dachshund lungs. It was like losing our own flesh and blood. Harder still was having to take them, wrapped in a blanket, to the animal clinic and say goodbye. I cant bring myself to think of what they went through, and knowing that they were probably screaming for us in their minds. I would never wish this feeling of anguish on anyone. Theyll receive private cremations and reside next to their big sister Rhubarb, whos urn the firemen were able to retrieve, and we thank God for that. Well rebuild our lives out of what we have left, no matter how much or how little, and well be better people because of it. On a good note, Heidi, Mama Kitty and the kittens (or as I call them all, the kitty litter HAR HAR) all made it through the fire. In fact, not only were we able to place for adoption all but the two kittens (Speedy and Noid) were keeping with Mama, but Ingrid, Len, and especially Kalli were so taken with the kitten we named Midnight, they adopted her and are taking her home to PA to give Hailey a new little playmate.
Prayers up. I’m very sorry for your losses.
‘What part of the country are you in?’
He refers to relatives ‘driving down here from
MD and PA - - -’
So, further south than MD - - -
If it was lightning that struck his home, Florida has huge electrical storms - - but maybe also states in-between. . .
He may say soon.
God bless each of you, and I'll be back to drive you nuts before you know it. - Eric
Prayers for you and yours during this difficult time.
Ain't so funny to me now.
I join in urgent prayer for you!
Had to start from scratch two times due to losing all in fires... a humble Prayer to give you strength.
(((((Praying with All my Heart)))))
Prayers for you and yours. May you feel the warmth of God’s love as His children demonstrate His love toward you in unexpected ways.
I’m pinging a few FRiends to you, so that they might ask Prayer Warrior friends to intercede on your behalf, and on behalf of your loved ones.
Friends, Viking has endured an horrific event, and needs our support.
I can’t begin to imagine the terror and loss and the grief you bear tonight. Know that even in darkest hours, you stand not alone, “for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me”.
Good will come from this small and passing thing, take that into account.
See updates at Posts 53 & 55.
Just unbelievable what lightning has done in your area.
Twenty minutes and your house was gone - ???
Must have been an awful sight.
None of us can walk in your shoes.
I’m expecting the good folks of Alabama will help out in many ways.
Including the emergency agencies . . .
(An aside - - spouse is a real first generation American viking - both parents born in Norway - )!
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your wife.
I am so sorry about the loss of your dear pets, and your “stuff”. As a red cross volunteer I am glad you have a good chapter that is helping you.
We had a lightning strike that took out lots and lots of our things... nine computers among them and other parts of my husbands business.. fortunately no fire... and I know how hard it can be to replace all that was lost.
One wise friend answered us when Mr G was grumbling about God letting it happen. He said “God said it’s time for an upgrade”. And he was right. We recovered from the “tragedy” in really good form, without the amount of money we thought it would take, and with so much kindness from people we were astonished.
I will pray that you are equally blessed.
My prayers are with you.
You are in my prayers.
Prayers going up!!
Freepmail me with any special needs you may have and I'll see if there's anything on the list that's up my alley or in my basement.
If you could use a FR work day or weekend, or weekends in the future, let us know.
God bless! I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this. My prayers offered.
I was burned out of my apartment in 2009, I know exactly what it feels like
my sincere condolences
I was burned out of my apartment in 2009, I know exactly what it feels like
my sincere condolences
Prayers for Viking.
All the best and take care.
Oh my. Heartfelt, if a little late in coming, prayers are lifted for you and Connie.
May God hold you both close, in His comforting and strengthening hands.
I’m so sorry for your loss Viking2002.
My prayers are with you as you deal with this.
I’ve never had to deal with a fire but my sister did and after 4 years she still won’t buy another house. Take care of your mental health. I know, except for your dogs, you just lost material things but I’m sure some of those things had emotional attatchments.
Thank goodness for the computer age and the fact that she had sent me plenty of family pictures I was able to scan them and send them to her on a disk.
Thoughts and prayers in your time of need.
May the Lord grant you courage, fortitude and grace as you deal with this diaster.
May the God of all comfort give you His peace and mercy!. Please know that my husband and I will be lifting you and your wife in prayer.
Be near this family in the hour of their trial.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
We almost had the same thing happen here. A floor plug shorted out under the sofa but it was one of our dogs that saved us. My husband was at home taking a nap and Bobo barked and ran back and forth from the fire to his bedside until he finally got up.
I am thanking God that you and your wife are safe.
Prayers for an abundance of strength for you and yours.
Prayers to you and yours! I can’t imagine how devastating it would be to lose family or “my kids”. The house and things would definitely be secondary.
I swear my dad has the same problem with weather. Over twenty years on his lot he’s lost all of his 100yo oaks and two pine trees to weather; two lightning strikes and four tornados. You might want to look into selling the lot and buying something across town :-)
We love you, we are with you, just let us know what you need.
Prayers for you and your wife.
I will pray tonight for you and your wife. Deepest condolences on the loss of your pets.
By the way, I don’t know what you do for a living, but if it doesn’t involve writing, it should. You have a beautiful way with words.
Terribly sorry for your loses.
Prayers to ease your burdens.
Prayers up. Wow.
Thank You, Lord, for keeping Connie safe during this trial. Thank You for helping gather friends and family around Eric and Connie. Please continue to keep Your loving hand on them as they rebuild their lives.
Lord, please give Nigel and Dixie an extra bunny to chase through the flowered fields where they now play.
Prayers for God’s blessings in your time of need.
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