Why I love Oklahoma

I am an Oklahoman.

Recently, friends, family and even strangers from outside of Oklahoma have been questioning my decision to live here. I’m not going lie, the last two weeks have been extremely difficult. While life here can be challenging at times, I will not doubt my choice to make Oklahoma my home.

Just minutes after last week’s massive, devastating tornado hit ground in my beloved state, hundreds upon hundreds of Oklahomans also hit the ground. As soon as they assured their own safety and many times before, they were checking on the welfare of their neighbors. Since that day, countless numbers of Oklahomans have spent countless hours doing what comes naturally for them-serving one another.

The good people of my state also did something else that comes naturally for them. They had faith in God and they prayed. Teachers who risked their lives to shield their students prayed for their safety. When some of those children and many others did not survive the storm, Oklahomans immediately prayed for the comfort of their families and loved ones. During the memorial service for those that were lost, our governor read from the Bible and spoke of the great love that the people of Oklahoma have for God and for each other.

So, whatever may come, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, I will continue to live in and love the great state of Oklahoma. I am proud to live in a state where people truly believe that they are their “brother’s keeper”.

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5 Responses to Why I love Oklahoma

  1. Sabrina "Your Twinner" Showalter says:

    AMEN!

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  2. Nick says:

    The love of our neighbors and God is not limited to Oklahoma, but the interesting thing about Oklahoma is that in the face of devastation the spirit of the people is inspiring. Whether victim or someone coming to help the love of God and fellow man seems a consistent theme lifting and driving forward the good works. Neighbor seeking the welfare of their neighbors before coming to terms with their own loss, finding solace in the family of man and thanking God for their place in it. Praying for those that were lost as if they were their own and praying and knowing they were each God’s own. People from all over the nation came to help and were blessed in the giving and blessed in receiving a spirit of gratitude that is ingrained in the people of Oklahoma for God and his love and for every “Child of God” they are blessed to know and care for. Thank You to all those that came and will come to help, and thank God that what is shared is beyond this world’s sorrow,but a bit of heaven’s peace and love.

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  3. Kelli says:

    You are so right!! Oklahomans are strong because their faith is strong.

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  4. Leona Keene Gibbons says:

    I grew up in Fannin County, Texas, less than a mile from Red River, which, of course, is the border between Texas and Oklahoma. It was during the Great Depression. Also, it was before the Denison dam — and during a flood season when I was very young;, the bridge that was over Red River washed away…..so, I never had a chance to go “across the river” into Oklahoma.
    Did you ever know anyone whose last name was Covey? My step grand father was a Covey.
    I am now in Arizona — and the heat here in the “valley” is unbelievable — it will be about 110 at least today.

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  5. Vicky says:

    I’ve always kind of liked Oklahomans, but I really came to admire them as a group when I saw them working through the losses of the bombing of the Federal Building with grace, cooperation and faith. I’ve also been to help with tornado clean-up before. Once again, grace, cooperation and faith…also gratitude. We could all use a little more of those attributes.

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