I'm sure that we have all said prayers even we didn't personally know the people for whom the prayer is intended. This may be a good moment to do that.
I left my house this morning at 7:05. It was a very cold 5 degrees with a windchill I don't even want to say out loud. My husband was home sick today and was awoken at 7:15 by many, many fire trucks. Our next door neighbors' house was completely engulfed in that short time. There was NO SIGN of a fire when I left 10 minutes before. They were still spraying water on it when I arrived home at 3:30. It is completely gutted. Even though we've lived here for 5 years, we don't know them that well, but that doesn't stop my heart from breaking for them. I can not even imagine such a tragedy, especially smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. So, if you have room in your prayers for a household in a small Missouri town, I'm sure it would be appreciated. Thankfully, everyone made it out safely. That is something to truly be grateful for in the face of disaster.