April 28, 2011

We will aye be true to thee.

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Today, I was gonna tell you about how sweet they were over at Mississippi State University. But I just can't today--not when my heart is broken for Alabama. My sweet state and the lands I love more than anything...

It's eerie. Devestating. Perplexing.
I watch the news and blink back tears.
I just drove through Tuscaloosa. Tarrent. Bessemer. Northport.
Just spent the night in Birmingham yesterday, Father...
This is so weird.

Imma be cheesy for a minute, but you've had fair warning that I'm a tad in love with Dixie. The first lines of our state song: "Alabama, alabama, we will aye be true to thee." We will be true. And we will trust in truths. We will praise You in this storm for we know You are sovereign. Break our hearts for what breaks Yours, Lord.

Five minutes. For five minutes, turn off your phone. Your laptop.
Pray for this state. Pray for these people. Pray for the South.

p.s. Thank you to all my precious Alpha Delta Pi sisters around the nation who have texted/emailed/tweeted at me. "Ash, I dunno Alabama georgraphy or where Montgomery is, but I hope you're okay. Our sisters are praying for Alabama." Wow. That's when this sisterhood wins my heart all over again.


  1. I know, girl. My heart is breaking for our Sweet Home Alabama right now too. I live and grew up about 25 min north of Tuscaloosa, I went to the University of Alabama, I frequent the city limits. I can hardly watch the news, listen to the radio, get on facebook or twitter without seeing something that breaks my heart. It's so tragic, not just for my beloved Ttown but for the state of Alabama. A sorority sister of mine is in the hospital listed in critical condition, please keep her in your prayers.

  2. Such a beautiful post, Ashlyn.
    We are all heartbroken here. All we can do is hold our fellow Alabamians up in prayer and help as much as we can.
    When I saw the tornado going through Birmingham, my heart stopped because my daughter is in school at Samford, your alma mater.
    So many hearts broken and homes destroyed, but we will be there for them for as long as it takes.
    We love our Sweet Home Alabama.

  3. Sending my prayers and hugs to you and the state of Alabama. Afterall, you are our neighbor :)

  4. You, your family, and your beloved Alabama have my prayers. Be well, Ashlyn.

  5. My friend (who met you in an airport after recognizing your luggage haha!) shared your blog with me. Know that there are folks here in Louisiana praying. I'm trusting God that He'll heal His people just as He did here after Katrina. We have a family member, who's a firefighter and Auburn alum, who went to do search and rescue in his hometown. We are so thankful that he was able to go home and help. He called just heartbroken over the devastation. My heart and prayers go out to you and your state.

  6. you & the people of alabama are in my prayers. much love!


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