Postcards From Phoenix

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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    Truly, an extension of the Incarnation. +Michael Ramsey would be pleased…
    Stay strong, my friend.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Duane…I’m seeing lots of extensions around me…

  3. filbertz says:

    reading this reminds me of a well that was reduced to a trickle pouring forth a new, sweet flow of life-giving water. I’m not referring to your community, though that may be true, but to you, my friend. Your words have taken on a distinct seasoning that comes through fire, a wisdom borne from trial, a grace reckoned from tragedy. Blessings, buddy.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, fil…blessings to you and your bride as well…you have been examples of grace lived out to me…

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    This is sad, hopeful and beautiful. Blessings to you, Michael.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK…

  7. Em says:

    Overwhelming to read this…. I realize how fortinate we were when the fire swept down the hills surrounding our river valley. No wind made all the difference. The firefighters positioned sprinklers all around the house here – we have a good well. Somehow they confined the fire to the hills and not one single house was lost the whole 30 miles…. we had some displaced cougars to deal with, but no human casualties….
    Prayer continues for all …. Some stories coming to us are almost beyond bearable even to hear told
    Thank You, God for taking care of Michael and family
    God keep

  8. Michael says:


    Thank you.
    The wind made the difference…we had a “historic” wind event in the days leading up to the fire.

  9. cathy says:

    such a moving article!! I am praying and have been praying that those people we hug today out of compassion, we will hug a year from now in celebration for getting thru this horrific time. I pray that those who are heroes today, remain heroes throughout the rest of our lives…Keep up the good wishes and prayers…we are with you.

  10. Elena says:

    Thank you Michael!
    Hearts are breaking and rejoicing at the same time!
    Thank you Lord for your presence in this valley and your protection!
    Thank you Lord for giving Michael strength and endurance, and please keep him healthy and going!

  11. Michael says:

    Thank you, cathy…that’s a good prayer…

  12. Michael says:

    Thank you, Elena…good to see you here!

  13. Mike E. says:

    Reading your description of the citizens’ loving actions toward one another brings a wellspring of hope. It reminded me of after 9/11, how our whole country came together. Many are speaking of war. I pray that it doesn’t take a 9/11 or terrible natural disasters like this to bring back that love in all the communities in our country. Very happy for your deliverance, my friend.

  14. ( |o )====::: says:

    “ Jesus wept, then Jesus got busy.”

    Michael, this is one of the best commentaries on God I’ve ever read.

    I love that you and your community are stepping up and caring for each other.


  15. Michael says:

    Thank you, G-Man…the fires of covid and division have broken those bonds…and I’m hoping that Jesus gets busy again…

  16. Em says:

    I recall one night when the fire was threatening this valley….
    The wind had come up strong and my daughter had gone downriver to recorf the looming disaster
    Now don’t laugh
    I went out and started singing that old song, ” the winds and the waves obey My will. Peace be still. Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea or demons or men……. ”
    The wind stopped and it became dead calm – all the rest of the night!

  17. Officerhoppy says:

    Several years back, I led a team from my church to Mississippi to help the victims of Katrina. I recall walking down one street where debris and building material stretched above my head. I gelt like I was walking in a bunker in a war zone. I wept uncontrollably. After the Phoenix and Talent fire, when we were allowed into the area, I drove there both towns and wept again. From My home and on the television, we watched the flames. But it was an entirely different emotion actually seeing the devastation. Several individuals in our church lost their homes and belongings. I drive thru now a year after the fire and see evidence of rebuilding—it’s slow—but it makes me smile

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