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”.