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Texas is my adopted home state. We came when a drought plagued this great land. There was not enough water to transform the brown grass and cause the landscape to bloom.
People told us stories of the Spring when wildflowers and Blue Bells decked the hills and blanketed the meadows. Now, with too many years of too little rain brown dirt was all that the great state had to show off. Ranchers rationed water to their livestock and farmers judiciously grew crops based on what water they could secure for a meager harvest.
Now, the rains won’t stop. The deluge from the heavens keep coming. Our streets are flooded and the homes of too many are now soaked.
The tragedy of an Austin family that rendezvoused for a family gathering over the Memorial Day weekend threw me into a moment of quiet reflection. A number of them were gathered in a house. The swollen river rose and swept the house away.
How does life go on as usual after such a story breaks? Many of those precious lives are still missing. What of those who survived? How do they ever pick up and keep going?
The faith of that particular family is their center. They have turned to God for comfort and strength. Prayer for them is not just a perfunctory euphemism, it is an expression of life, real life.
I am inconvenienced with the rain. It reroutes my driving and it slows down my commute, but I do not have the grief of lost loved ones that weigh down my soul. In my busyness I paused and prayed for them.
Many other stories of people whose homes were taken over by water make my inconveniences pale into insignificance. Flood waters did not invade my home. They did not ruin the floors or furniture in my home.
The filth in the flood waters did not litter my garage. Muddy silt is not all over the floors of our home. My vehicles are not ruined by water filling up my transmission or begin the rust process of a slow death to my car.
My fellow Houstonians and Texans have been devastated by the abundance of water. But, I have been spared and for that I am grateful. Together many of us will clean up, encourage and restore others who have been hit the hardest.
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