A short time ago many of us - myself included - were distraught regarding the hatred of people against people. It was difficult to come to terms with the ugly that was seen at Charlottesville, VA.
Then the United States met Harvey! This was a natural disaster unlike any that our country has seen. In our house, we have been texting and praying for family members that live in Texas and are experiencing the trauma of this storm. The first questions asked are things like, "How is your boat?" "Is your property flooded or damaged?" Then the questions change to, "Are you ok?" "Are you safe?" Suddenly our "things" do not seem quite as important as they did only an hour ago.
Thankfully, we are hearing stories of bravery, regular people helping one another and many donations of not just money but time and clothing and water, etc. Sadly we also hear of deaths of families and even rescue workers. In this time of trauma, our country pulls together and works to help one another.
Perhaps as we move towards the next weeks of clean up and re-building, we should think about the idea of working together even without a disaster in our midst. Perhaps we should think about decency, acceptance and tolerance of all people and their beliefs. Perhaps it is time to look at similarities and not differences. Perhaps it is time for love not hate.
Our family is blessed. Our family members are safe - at this time. We continue to pray for them and for all that are affected by this natural disaster. If you want to help, please consider donating to some of the relief programs. Following is a very short list of groups that are ready to help during these times.
The Red Cross
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Checks or money orders can be sent
Write "Hurricane Response - United States"
on your check in the memo line
Donate now - is the first thing you see on this site.
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