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I am Meg Moseley. Meg, a writer. Seeking the real God in the real world.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Katrina

I’ve been in New Orleans only twice. Once was nearly thirty years ago, on a church bus. We drove through part of the French Quarter on a hot July morning but didn’t stop. It looked pretty dismal.

Then I flew out of the New Orleans airport a few years ago. July, again. I was traveling with friends to a writers’ conference out west, and it was a lot cheaper to drive to New Orleans and catch a red-eye flight there than to fly out of Atlanta. We spent the night with my friend Maureen’s parents, who live on the inland side of Lake Pontchartrain. Their hearts were warm and hospitable. Jerry and Judy made blackened shrimp on the grill and served Chardonnay. I’ve never had such good shrimp before or since.

For some reason, our alarm didn’t go off at three a.m. like it was supposed to, but somebody—Lindi, I think—woke up without it and hollered. We grabbed our suitcases and raced outside, into the humid pre-dawn hours. Helter-skelter, we were off to the airport. We made our flight, enjoyed the conference, and enjoyed Jerry and Judy’s hospitality again on our return trip.

They’re staying up here with Maureen today, safe from Katrina but worried that their home and its contents won’t survive the floods. There’s never enough time to salvage everything during an evacuation. I hope they were able to grab whatever was most important to them. Mostly, though, I’m glad Jerry and Judy are safe. You can replace most belongings, but you can’t replace people.

This hurricane has devastated thousands of homes, not just in New Orleans but all along the Gulf. The numbers we're seeing on TV aren't just statistics. They represent people who need prayers and help.

The Salvation Army is at work on the aftermath of Katrina. If you'd like to donate, here's the link: https://secure3.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=USN-hurricane05

3 Comments:

At August 29, 2005 1:50 PM, Blogger Carol Jackson said...

Yes, I have family in Biloxi. A cousin with 5 month old twins and a 3 year old...and yesterday my aunt went to pick them up to drive up here, but my cousins husband said they were going to stay to wait it out. We are trying hard to forgive him today, as they have been to 3 houses escaping 10 feet water height with those precious newborns. Please do keep them all in your prayers as their homes had anywhere from 6-8 feet of water.
Thnak you Marg for mentioning this event.

 
At August 29, 2005 3:54 PM, Blogger Meg said...

I can't even imagine slogging through a flood with babies. Let us know how they're doing.

 
At August 29, 2005 6:13 PM, Blogger Meg said...

Carol, I just realized how much more encouraging my response could have been. I believe the Lord is with your cousin's family, protecting them. Psalm 25:4 says, "For Thou hast been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm."

Let me know when you have news, okay?

 

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