Katrina Thoughts

I’m back from my sojourn to Mayfield. As we headed back into Alabama I said something I never thought I would say, "Hey! $2.89 for gas that’s pretty good."

Anyway, I haven’t really talked about Katrina so here are some of my random thoughts.

Has anyone else noticed that all news shows now have to end with a slow montage of disaster victims with sad music playing. I wonder if they all get those from the same place?

I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to have absolutely nothing and be forced to exist on the handouts of complete strangers. I don’t know if I could do it.

You can see in some places the results of a life filled with handouts. You see some people who are sort of in awe that the government hasn’t come to save them yet, even though they haven’t really done anything to try and save themselves.

If I were the major of New Orleans I would have to say just once, "I told you people to get out of the city, now maybe next time you will listen to me."

Sometimes it takes tragedy to see the best in people. I know that stories of heroism don’t sell on the news as well (especially when you have figured out how as a news caster to spin the coverage against the current administration) but the few stories that have come out about the self sacrifice that happened and is happening are, I am sure, just the tip of the iceberg. I am amazed at how people come together when things fall apart.

Why doesn’t Geraldo take a shower, or at least comb his hair? It isn’t like he has lost everything. He has a complete wardrobe and a hair and makeup department that travels with him. Did he give away all of his change of clothes?

Speaking of Geraldo, why do newscasters have to try and sound like everything is so dramatic. There are times when the news is dramatic enough, you don’t spice it up.

I really feel sorry for Bush. I’m not saying that because people are mad at him, I am saying that because he has had a hard time as President. The two largest catastrophes to hit our country in decades have both happened while he was president. Then of course there was the war in Iraq, but he brought that on himself.

Does anyone else think that if gas prices get over $4.00 people will stop complaining about the war in Iraq and will decided we should quit giving them their country back and just make it our own personal filling station. While we are at it we could take this whole super power thing out for a spin and take over the whole middle east. Free gas for everyone!

While we are on the gas thing, I am so glad I don’t know anyone who owns a hybrid car right now because you know they are being so smug.

I am still in awe at the power of devastation of Katrina. In just a few hours the storm was able to bring to a halt everything that we have built and call civilization. It is times like this that I am reminded of how big God really is and how small all of the things that we try to create actually are. We can try and build our towers to the sky, but ultimately the God who can control the wind is bigger than we can even imagine.

Where do you turn when not only is everything that you own destroyed, but everything that your family and friends own destroyed too? Meredith and I were talking and if Eufaula was hit like New Orleans we could go to our families, but there would be many people who’s who families are here and who would have no where to turn.

I guess that is about all of my ramblings for now.

One thought on “Katrina Thoughts

  • September 6, 2005 at 9:43 PM

    “I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to have absolutely nothing and be forced to exist on the handouts of complete strangers. I don’t know if I could do it.”

    You already do it. That’s at least one positive thing I got out of your suggestion a year ago to read “Blue Like Jazz.” We, as sinners, have nothing to offer God for his love. And yet, it is offered to us anyway. It’s one of the main reasons that people resist God. Accepting God’s FREE love, without any good works from ourselves, makes us charity cases, and no one likes to be charity. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but I sure am glad to be a recipient of that charity, as are those that are receiving “unearned gifts” due to the recent tragedy along the gulf coast this past week.


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