Well I am back in the saddle after Hurricane Irene came through.
Here is a little rundown of what transpired here.
On Saturday morning at 2:00 AM I went to bed after watching weather report after weather report on Hurricane Irene and when I could not stay awake any longer I went to bed. At 5:15 AM I was awaked by pounding rain and heavy winds. I thought that it was not till later on Saturday that it was to get bad but when I heard the wind and rain I decided to get up and fill the bathtubs up with water. I did that and went back to sleep but by 6:30 AM my son was awakened by the wind and rain and so then I was up. At 7:30 AM we lost the cable and at 10:00 AM we lost power. It rained for close to 21 hours and the wind blew that whole time with some pretty hard gusts. At 11 PM we were in bed and heard trees falling outside. After a while I was so tired that I just fell asleep.
Sunday morning we got up to a sunny morning but water everywhere and tree braches and limbs down all over. I lost a small tree in my yard which was nothing. Three large trees fell right behind the our house which is outside our bedroom and they fell across the neighbors driveway. Another neighbor had a tree fall in their above ground pool and ruined it. My family decided we would go our and drive around to some church members to see if they were alright. We found most to be fine but did find a family who had a tree fall into their home and it did do damage to the home but on the positive side they were all fine. We also found another family who had 6 trees down but none hit any buildings. We saw plenty of damage to many homes and many trees down but that is not all we saw as we went through the next few days.
Here are some of the other things I saw in the last few days. I saw church families calling and checking in on each other and showing real love for one another. I saw church family helping out other church family by clean up yards and others taking care of downed trees. I saw church family helping out others who did not go to this church but who were neighbors and friends. I saw people helping out all over. I have seen people stopping in and making sure their neighbors, friends, and family were fine. It all speaks to love of each other and more to the love of Christ shining though.
John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Have you seen the people of God loving one another recently – if so how?
What is the longest you have been without power or current as they call it here?
P.S. – A dear friend from my previous church passed away so I could be slow in responding on Wed – Thur as I am headed to perform the Memorial Service.