Although I sit high and dry and away from the disaster that’s happening in Texas, I feel connected to this disaster. I feel sad for Texas and I feel angst. But the overwhelming emotion I feel is pride.
I am proud of the stories I watch and read of Texans and Americans coming together to help one another out of tragedy.
There is humanity in Houston. Yes, there are many sad and horrible images and stories but if you’re lucky and you’re looking, you’ve seen the positive, helping pictures and stories too.
For every sad story, there’s a beautiful story. People are helping people.
That is what we are called to do on this earth. Love our neighbors.
Matthew 22:36-40New International Version (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
It is simple, but it gets all muddled up when we put ourselves, possessions, activities, jobs, opinions and whatever else above love.
The people in the Texas have been stripped of all the excess and what they are left with is love.
And they are sharing that love and loving their neighbors as themselves.
It is a beautiful thing to witness.
Neighbors helping neighbors. Neighbors loving neighbors. This is what it is all about.
Texas’ neighboring state, and my home, Louisiana, is stepping up too to help their neighbors.
The Cajun Navy is one of the best examples of selflessness. They are regular people who, in the wake of disasters, don’t wait for help, they become the help. Whether, in Louisiana or neighboring Texas. They rise up, unite, and rescue their neighbors. You can listen to their efforts here and donate to the cause here.
For some uplifting stories- see my top three (so far) below: