I was trying not to cry as I drove through the Mountain Shadows

I was trying not to cry as I drove through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood
surrounding Wilson UMC just one week after the most destructive fire in
Colorado history. It was a stunning sight of charred ruins, burned out cars, broken
concrete and glass. A young girl was digging through the rubble with her parents
as they searched for remainders of the life that had gone up in smoke. It was
As awful as it is, such events have the potential to bring out the best in human
beings. Amid the tragedy and devastation, there are signs of resilience, hope, and
generosity. A prayer service held within 24 hours of the fire testified to the
strength of a community that is trusting in God’s promise of new life. People in
Colorado Springs have already donated 1 million pounds of food to help their
neighbors in need. Free counseling services are available, and Goodwill is offering
unlimited clothing and other items to those who lost homes. Events are being
planned to help the children deal with their fear and grief. Wilson UMC is open,
and has become a beacon in this devastated community. Wilson will host a
community worship service to offer appreciation to all emergency responders and
volunteers, and will become a vital community center in the days to come. The
ecumenical faith community has gathered, representing a diverse group of
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, and Baha’i leaders united in their desire to
lessen the acute suffering of their neighbors.
This is a devastating tragedy that will impact the Colorado Springs community for
years to come. United Methodists will be there, offering tangible, practical
support and an enduring promise of new life arising from the ashes. I am deeply
thankful to be a part of our connection in times like these.
Rev. Melanie Rosa, Mile High Pikes Peak District Superintendent