Thursday, September 01, 2005

We are extremely blessed...

I hardly ever think about how blessed we are, but seeing the devestation in New Orleans has got me thinking.

Those poor people that went to the Superdome, that will now move to the Astrodome, do they have nowhere else to go? Can't they find a friend from somewhere else, or a family member in Illinois or something?

I was thinking of where we would go if a situation like this ever happened in Dallas. Fortunately, due to college and different Churches we've been apart of, we would have friends and family across the nation that we could stay with, and that we would do the same for if they were in trouble. Not to mention both sets of parents.

Isn't this what life is about? Friendships are one of God's ways to help us through the tough times. I pray these people in the Superdome can find those that have cared for them.


Blogger Malaysian Debster said...

Amen brother! =)

11:56 AM  
Blogger Shea said...

The sad part of the reality is... many of those people don't have family or friends in other areas. So when all is said and done, they still have nothing to return too either.

I've come across this in my mind over and over so many times recently. We too have friends and family spread out over the US... so it's hard for us to fathom the reality that there are so many, thousands, of people who don't have this.

What becomes of them?

3:17 PM  
Blogger kentbrantly said...

You aren't alone in these thoughts. But I'm afraid Shea is right. So many people don't have anything like what you and I experience with our biological and spiritual families. During my time in Guatemala I was blessed time and time again by Christians that I didn't know from Adam, but who loved me and welcomed me in anyway, because we were family. I also observed some people who were not Christians, and they seemed so alone. When that was the case, the Christians around me would welcome that person in, just as they had welcomed me - not because they were family, but because that is what the love of Christ does. It reaches out to the poor and the lost and the lonely.
Maybe it's time for us to do the same - to share the love of Jesus with those who are poor and lost and lonely. We (the body of Christ) should be acting as the "Good Samaritans" to the world, bandaging their wounds, putting them on our donkey, taking them to the inn and making sure they are taken care of until they have recovered.
Sorry for the long comment. Maybe I should just post this on my blog as it's own entry. Is that allowed, to duplicate a comment?

ps - as "The Future" you should know that i will not be having time to get to your "tagged" post for a long time to come... but i'll keep it in the back of my mind.

12:55 AM  
Blogger jocelyn said...

I think there are several complicating factors. Besides the fact that many do not have a web of relationships like most of us do, many do not have the resources to get to other parts of the country where they know people. Mark and I have talked about this in the past few days: we could always go to New York to stay with his parents...but how would we get there if our money, belongings, valuables, and car were destroyed? We would have to wait with everyone else to get enough money to get there.

Also, many people do have networks and families...but they lived in other parts of Louisiana or Mississippi and are also stranded and helpless. It's daunting and frightening, to say the least. May God be with us all in this time of deep tragedy.

1:20 PM  

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