City on a Southern Hill

Someone from my home town shared a video on Facebook that I want to show you today.  Have you seen the footage on the news of the tornadoes across South Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia?  There is devastating damage to homes and businesses – so much to rebuild.

Parts of my home town were hit by one of the tornadoes, their second within three years.  Those I know personally are fine, but sadly, four people in the area died.

This video footage was taken before there was any tornado damage.  My home town, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is a city on a hill.

God of This City [Hattiesburg, Ms] from HR Sweat on Vimeo.

After watching the video, I started thinking about the fact that Mississippi is the buckle of the Bible belt.  It’s in the center of the southern strip of states with heavy populations of faith.

All across this country, there’s beauty.  And there’s corruption.  Yet, many are God’s faithful people – both here in my state, in your own state, and across our country.

Matthew 5.14

If I looked solely at how the media portrays our country, I would be disheartened.  But, I’m not…because:

  1. I know Who is in control.  God is.
  2. I’ve met hundreds of people of faith on-line.

If you think God’s children are outnumbered, please know this.  We aren’t.

As much as man tries to remove God from things, He’s still there.  Man’s not that powerful.

Light tends to be the brightest in the darkest of situations.  When the light shines after a storm, we realize the storm was much darker than it appeared while in it.

We cannot control the masses.  But, we each can do our part by being a “city on the hill”, shining God’s light to others.  Your home, my home, can be mini cities on hills.  Isn’t that a wonderful thought?  Think of the glow sticks in the video.  If each home that holds God as their Lord had a big glow stick on the rooftop, just think of the light that would shine!

There is great hope…for our cities…our states…our country.  That hope is the Lord.







  1. Deborah says

    Thank you for your post. Very inspiring and encouraging. I am from Laurel (I live in Lake Charles LA now), so the destruction and loss of life in Hattiesburg is so sad to me.
    I hope my life can be a “light on the hill.”

  2. says

    Thanks for posting the video and your very true words. I need to keep reminding myself of this truth. Also, a Facebook friend currently lives in that town.

  3. Rhonda says

    Kim, Amen!!!

    My pastor’s message yesterday was from I Kings18:21, ….”How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” And if you choose God, be a light!! So fitting and needed for current times.

    I also have relatives in Hattiesburg who are safe. Thankful for that and them.

    Determined to shine in Northeast MS!!!!

    • says

      I love when that happens…confirmation of the same message from several sources within a small time frame. God sure knows how to get our attention. Glad your family members are all safe!

  4. Marie Thomas says

    Thank you for your post. I’m from Georgia I was blessed to be in another part of the state a little further up from the tornadoes. My thoughts and prays to all who were affected. As long as we keep God in our lives we can do anything with him!

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