For those of us living in the southeastern U.S., it’s hard to focus on anything but Hurricane Florence right now. Although I live far enough away that we aren’t in any danger, we’re close enough that we’ll feel some of the effects of the storm – including a fair amount of wind and rain this weekend. Nothing like the brute force pummeling the coast, however, and nothing like the pounding we took last year when Irma came through. But even that didn’t hit us nearly as bad as those who were in the direct path of the storm.

We have friends in South Carolina who had to evacuate their homes, and other friends who have opened their homes to people fleeing the hurricane. We’ve contacted a number of people to check on their plans and to make sure they’re okay, and we’ve reassured the people who have contacted us for the same reason. We appreciate their concern, and are grateful for those who are thinking about us and worrying about us.

That’s one of the things that always seems to happen in the face – or the aftermath – of a devastating disaster, whether it be natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire, or a manmade one such as suicide bombers and school shootings. People first check on loved ones who may be in danger, and then do what they can to help in relief efforts. Although the worst of Florence is yet to be unleashed, and there has already been massive destruction and several deaths, there have also already been a number of heroic rescues. Not only by emergency personnel, but by ordinary people who put their own lives in danger in order to save others.

No matter where you live, I hope you’ll join me in praying for the victims of Hurricane Florence, and for those who are helping them in whatever ways they can. And I hope – actually, I know – we will all join together in responding to the tremendous need there will be once the storm has finally abated.

September 14, 2018
©Betty Liedtke, 2018

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