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Friday, September 17, 2004

We know every inch of that beautiful beach (Pensacola Beach) so well. For 16 years, we've gone every summer. With the toll bridge out--thirty to forty feet missing--and the Navarre causeway damaged, there is no telling when there will be accurate assessments of the damage. Much more significantly, there are so many displaced people further inland. In Pensacola, my sister lost her whole house. Apparently, only the garage is still standing. It sounds like much of her neighborhood got leveled. You've probably seen the "for sale" sign up somewhere in Florida this morning: "1 Charley, 2 Frances, 3 Ivan, 4 Sale." The high price of paradise.

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    By Blogger David Michael, at 9/17/2004 06:14:00 AM  

  • I am so sorry about your sister and her family. It is devastating to lose or have a house severely damaged due to a storm. My prayers are with her.

    "The High Price of Paradise" -- is that a Jimmy Buffett song or one of your sermon titles?

    By Blogger David Michael, at 9/17/2004 06:18:00 AM  

  • Praying for your sister and her family and their neighbors ... and so many others.

    By Blogger Clarissa, at 9/17/2004 06:25:00 AM  

  • So sorry about your sister's place. My camping trailer happens to be in Florida right now (although I am not sure of its condition at this point). If they get in a real bind let me know and I will see if it can just stay there instead of coming back.

    By Blogger Val, at 9/17/2004 07:11:00 AM  

  • I am sorry they lost their house. Is there anything we can do?

    I was an adjuster w/State Farm back when Hurricane Andrew came through, and spent 6 weeks in S. Miami area helping put that back together. Entire neighborhoods were nothing but slab foundations, and people were camped out there trying to save whatever was left. Guns were common, as tempers were short, and stress level was unbelievable, from police to adjusters to homeowners. My advice is for them to adopt a whole new mindset, realize that it will take time to put it back together, and be patient. It was truly amazing to watch, and should not have been surprising, but the people who came through it the best were those who were looking around to see what they could do for others. Ain't that amazing!!!???

    By Blogger don, at 9/17/2004 08:19:00 AM  

  • Mike, my heart goes out to your sister and her family, at the same time, giving thanks to God that the family members are okay. "Stuff" can be replaced, no matter how stressful or painful, it can be replaced.

    My cousins lost eveything in the San Diego fires last Fall. Someone loaned them a small RV, then FEMA furnished them with a small, one bedroom mobile home and when the area was again opened to traffic, placed the home on their property.

    Churches all around that far eastern part of San Diego County helped them in ways that brought her to tears and thanksgiving. I pray your sister and family are recipients of these same outpourings of caring.

    The community really bonded together after the fires to assist and support one another.

    I lived the same experience in Mexico City, September 19, 1985 in the aftermath of the killer earthquakes that killed 25,000 people, according to the US Embassy, emploding over 10,000 buildings. People from all economical strata helping everyone that needed help. It is when we are taking care of each other in these tragedies that the Spirit of God can be seen in His creation.

    It seems we respond easily and generously in times of mass tragedy. At the same time it seems we Christians struggle with addressing the day-to-day individual tragedies of our fellow believers and of those still among the lost. The giving of one cup of water, of clothing one person, sheltering one family seems to get lost in our attention to daily minutae. Attending to these individual tragedies, imho, would be one the goals of a missional church.

    Your sister, family and her neighbors are in my prayers. The emotional shock of losing all your landmarks, along with your home, is tremendous. I pray for their swift healing and return to some sort of usual, day-to-day living.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/17/2004 10:12:00 AM  

  • Anonymous? Me? No way! The above comment is from yours truly. :)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 9/17/2004 10:14:00 AM  

  • I watch the footage and I just can't imagine! Really what can we do to help all these people? Prayers are there already.

    By Blogger SG, at 9/17/2004 12:12:00 PM  

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