I was talking to one of my colleagues this morning. We discussed how the world seems to be falling apart. You watch the news and very little of it is good.
After speaking to MIL last night, I heard that my sister-in-law and her family live about 30 miles from the devestating fires that have hit Victoria state in Australia. I never realised they were so close. She says they can see the pink reflection of the flames against the sky line - how scary is that? I heard one of the survivors interviewed on the radio this morning and he is devestated - a 12 year old boy that he played golf with on Saturday has died - kind of brought it home and made it more real - if that makes sense. Sometimes we see these things on television and although we feel for them, it's so far away and does not really affect us directly. We forget about it and carry on with our lives.
Imagine that someone is suspected of starting this tragedy? Prime Minister Kevn Rudd has said that any arsonists involved in this are guilty of "mass murder". I find it hard to believe that anyone would be so STUPID or so careless ... and yet they are!
My love and thoughts go out to all Australians at this time and pray that the devestation will come to an end soon.
UPDATE: I neglected to mention friends and family in Cape Town - they have also battled with fires over the past weeks. These have been the result of high temperatures and windy conditions. Local fire workers have been working around the clock to manage the situation. Fortunately the situation is not as critical as that in Australia.