Healing and hurricanes are usually not combined in the same sentence. On any ordinary day they wouldn’t be said in the same breath but that is before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. As a category 4, Harvey ripped through Rockport, Texas on August 25th annihilating the little town. The wind continued along the coast and the rains flooded the metropolis of Houston. While Houston was still reeling from the damage of the flooding, Beaumont and Orange, Texas were quickly flooding.
Before the hurricane Texans were divided by political parties, racial and civil unrest, and transgender rights. The news industry proudly announced the dissension every day. Then Hurricane Harvey hit. People lost their homes, jobs, everything of value. Poor and rich alike had to face the same disaster without water, food and electricity.
Fellow Texans heeded the call for help. Churches, Real Estate offices, non-profit groups, the National Guard, The Texas Navy, Cajun Navy and transportation crews stepped up to the plate and went into action. Some groups have been collecting supplies and delivering to affected areas. For those with boats and watercraft, they have went to flooded areas and performed rescue missions. The list of donations and volunteers is too extensive to include. Cleanup efforts are in full force. The delivery of supplies and rescue missions continue.
Southeastern Texas looks like a war zone. It will take months and years even for the scars to be removed from our little piece of the world. But the boundaries have fallen and we are finding our connection to one another. Kind deeds and acts of bravery are happening all over Texas without regard to who or what a person is on the receiving end. This is not a time of separation but of coming together to help one another bear the burden of the storms of life. God bless Texas. We are Texas Strong.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead