I would like to show you the little book I've just finished reading "Dark Water Rising" by Marian Hale. This book is historical fiction about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas, where over 6,000 people died. It is written from the viewpoint of a teen aged boy, named Seth and how he survives in the face of this natural disaster.
The author, Marion Hale has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast all her life and has lived through many storms. After losing her home to Hurricane Celia in 1970, she felt a strong tie to survivors everywhere, especially those who endured one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States, the 1900 Galveston Storm. She was very thorough in her research so when she is discribing the effects of the storm ~ I almost felt I was there.
Some of you may be newer visitors to my blog and may not know that we are still recovering from Hurricane Ike that hit our little island in September, the same month as the 1900 storm.
I consider my self a very happy optimistic person and don't want to be too "Blue" ~ the sad blue today. But, as I drove around town last week I just got depressed. Trucks like the above are everywhere still taking away debris from homes and business.
This house is about three blocks from mine! The hurricane waters riped through this section of houses knocking down the garage doors, windows, fences, just anything standing. All of the homes on this block have been 'cleaned out'. There's nothing left inside but the wall studs and they've been treated with chemicals for the mold.
As I drive along, this is a very common sight. I don't mean to be morbid today and this post is really not like me, but I just couldn't hide my head in the sand much longer without letting you see this. Our island is making progress, but it's going to be a very long time until the island will be like it was. Well, I don't think it will ever be like it was.
I had a good cry again. I thanked my Lord that somehow He chose to spare our home! My heart still aches for my friends. About 75% of the folks here lost their homes and all of their possessions. This Thanksgiving, my family has so much to be thankful for and my heart is so full.
Please pray for our little island.