Thursday, September 01, 2005

Throttled in Mississippi

Update: Best article to date I've read on the human interest side of this thing...


First chance to get to post due to lack of power.

That was one mean hurricane! And, of course, being significantly north of the coast in Mississippi we only lost power and had a good bit of damage because of downed trees, and other damage to buildings, etc. We are three hours north. The cost to our city (Jackson) will be in the millions. Some say it will be $25 billion total for the state. Power is out in my neighborhood. My family (eight of us) remain huddled in my office trying to escape the sweltering heat of the Deep South.

Lots of people have been evacuated here, of course. And the looting has started here too, according to the news accounts. But not covered much in the news are the people giving up rooms in their houses to evacuees, churches going the second and third mile, donations of money, food and general compassion. The latter is the real story.

My wife is a native Pascagoulan. Her town is devastated. Huge portions just wiped out. And so it is across the coast of Mississippi. New Orleans is to be evacuated, perhaps for months. And Katrina was no respecter of persons. Congressman Gene Taylor's house is gone. So, too, Senator Trent Lott's. The poor and elderly, of course, are the hardest hit. What do they do next?

The president is to be here tomorrow. What an eyeful he will see. Mr. Bush thought he saw devastation duirng 9/11. This will be 9/11 on sterioids...for mile, after mile, after mile. No wonder the radical Muslims are adopting Katrina as their sister in jihad.

Imagine living on the coast of Mississippi or in New Orleans. No job to go to. Food tough to come by. If you are in town, nothing to do but weep. If you are out of town, nothing to do but weep without knowing first hand what you are weeping about. You have a family. You have no idea what to do this week, or several weeks from now when your job and living prospects will probably be no better.


And the body count? Unknown - but thousands likely. Thousands.

Pray and give if you can. Mostly, pray.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Servants of the Living God said...

Matt, My husband Jason and I are so glad to see your post. We are grateful and praising God you and your family are together. Our prayers are night and day for the whole situation. This is definatly one of those times when we are reminded How great Our God and Father is. He reminds us He commands the seas, He tells them if they can exceed their borders, but He also calms the storms. In in the midst of it all He is able to give us Peace and reasurrance that He is FOR US and not against US. Loss of property, possible jobs, and even physical life can not seperate us from the Enduring Love of God. It is hard in a time like this to think that such devastation could be for good, but we can stand on the promise that ALL things, even in times of great grief and loss, All things work Together for Good to those who Love God and are called according to His Purpose.
One of the great things I do Praise God for is when ever these disasters and hard times hit, God's People have the greatest opportunity to step out of the mundane day to day and extend themselves for others. It is so good to hear of all these folks coming to Miss. and La. to help with the search and rescue. I am hearing of truck loads of provisions of food and water and clothing. My greatest concern is for those who evacuated and can not go home. How many of those are holed up in a motel/ hotel with dwindling resources? I pray for those as well. I suggest those of us who can, donate to Salvation Army. They pay for hotel expenses in these situations. So many and provides for them all.
We are praying for you all. God allowed great calamity in Job's life but God restored him, and I have all faith that God will restore you all as well.

Praise the Lord
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
(Phi 4:4-9 KJV)

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Threefold Cord said...

We have been praying for God's sustaining strength for you and the rest of our "southern" brothers and sisters. We are praying for God's mercy and compassion, and that many would come to know Jesus through this terrible hardship. Our hearts are broken for the suffering going on.

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. My family and I made it through. Many thanks to the many people around the country who cared so much. A few days after the hurricane when things looked worse by the hour I opened my Bible and my eyes immediately happened across the words "Do not worry."I read the passage where Jesus talks about how we should not worry about what we need.I was greatly comforted. The next day I started worrying again with fearful thoughts racing in my head when I looked down. I was stepping on a piece of paper no bigger than 3 inches. The words on the piece of paper said "Fear not, for I am with you." Praise be to God.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

at my place, only two things came through with out some sort of damage--the house and my son's (age 4) treehouse. How did this happen? Well, I prayed that God shelter the house (20 miles from the coast) under his wing during the storm. As the eye went over the top of my home, we were there and except for the noise, heat and view out the windows, you wouldn't have known there was a storm going on. And the treehouse? Well, it is in the ONLY tall oak that still stands on my property. My son says that his daddy built the tree house strong and God make the tree strong. I couldn't have said it better myself.


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