Who do you blame when everything goes wrong?
We blame God. We blame fate. We blame the circumstances, culture, the government, anybody in the way.
So listen very carefully to Bud Abney, the Missouri man who lost everything in a fire last month. He lost his mobile home, all the possessions in the home. He lost his dog and best friend, Timbr. He lost a barn and several other buildings.
The only thing left he had as he went to bury Timbr was his jacket. So he took it off and used it to wrap Timbr’s body before putting him in the ground.
Abney is a man of faith. He is going to recall recent circumstances, including some severe medical problems, to do testimonials. Bud called his place near Emerson “Angel Haven” because he believes in angels, and he believes they’ve blessed his life.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Bud says. “I’m not mad at God. God didn’t do this to me. I’m mad at the devil. My time is running out anyway, but don’t take my dog.”
Bud prefers to count his blessings. He could have been in the mobile home when it caught fire — he says investigators suspect a refrigerator may have contributed to the blaze, which then set off propane tanks.
He’s made miraculous recoveries from severe health problems. U.S. Cellular donated 500 minutes for his cell phone so he could stay in contact with people after the fire. He’s living with his sister in Quincy for now, making daily trips back to the Emerson property to fee his ducks, geese and a few sheep.
And a Hannibal woman who doesn’t know him has started a bank account to help him get back on his feet. You can read more about her efforts to help here.
Sharilyn Davis met Bud Abney after reading about his plight. She still doesn’t know him that well.
But she does know him well enough to know he will survive.
“He seems to take things in stride, and his faith takes him to the next level,” Sharilyn says.