It’s been a tough week here in South Carolina, in my town, in my house. Although we are so, so blessed to be safe and dry, I can’t say the same for many of our friends and neighbors in our town and the surrounding areas after the storms and flooding. Here’s footage of a neighborhood less than two miles away from mine, where several of our friends live.
And it continues even now as the water levels are rising, roads are crumbling and dams are breaking.
But, we finally had a beautiful, sunny day…about 65 degrees today. My kiddos got outside to ride their bikes. We drove into town for lunch with friends. We sat with neighbors on a back porch and laughed.
And yet I still found myself complaining about yet another day off school tomorrow. Another day cooped up at home with three stir-crazy kids. Another argument over toys.
Clearly, I need to take a deep breath. Count my blessings. Thank God for the sun; for the roads that are still safe in my town: for our dry house and dry toys and dry clothes; for my family safe and sound; for the neighbors that kept watch for each other as the storms brewed. And I need to spend less time complaining and more time praying for all of the thousands of people who have lost everything.
So take a moment with me to thank God for our blessings, ask Him to watch over the heroes out there who are helping, and to send prayers to all those affected by Joaquin. Amen.