Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hurricane Aftermath

I've been up for hours, since we went to bed at 8.  It's been the kind of week/month/season that has left us wiped out and weary.  The sky beyond my window over the writing desk has just begun to lighten.  I wonder what the people of Texas are waking up to?

Right now, the coastal residents of Texas are likely waking up to rain and wind, as Hurricane Harvey is still in the neighborhood.  It will only be later that they can evaluate the damage.

In the last 5 minutes, I've watched the sky go from gray to lavender to pink--very lovely, although it probably means we've got more flooding rains for today.  But it has been a quietly beautiful sight.

What a week this has been in terms of nature:  an eclipse back on Monday when the forecast for Hurricane Harvey said it might be hurricane strength by the time it got to Texas, flooding rains for us, and a category 4 hurricane by the time the week ended.

It's too early to send help to the Texas victims, but soon you can--remember, money to aid groups goes further than anything else you might donate and the group would have to ship. 

In the meantime, we can pray for those who have a lot of work ahead of them to clean up and rebuild.  We can pray for those who will wake up this morning to realize they have lost so much.  We can pray for those who will be in the path of this storm, as this story will be ongoing for days.

And we can look around us and be grateful for all that we have.  Ever since our disastrous hurricane season of 2005, I have rarely taken my morning coffee with hot milk that can be reheated in the microwave for granted.  Let us all have those kinds of creature comforts that make it possible to keep going.

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