Tuesday, September 06, 2005
PRAISE ALWAYS: A message from Chris
His home, his entire neighborhood is submerged under toxic waters; he has lost his means of making a living, and he is still desperately searching for a brother and sister whose whereabouts remain unknown.
"The state of the city, and the number of the dead is far worse than anything you see on TV," he said, his voice briefly cracking. "But I feel grateful to be alive, grateful that my children are safe. People have shown us so much love."
"What do you need?" my husband asked.
Briefly, Chris faltered, his needs so clearly overwhelming. "I try not to think about that," he said, attempting a laugh. "Because we need just about everything."
Then he told us how his son had broken down in a particularly vulnerable moment.
"Where will we go? What will we do now?" the son asked.
And Chris responded, "We'll be like Job. We'll praise God more than ever and he'll triple our bounty."
A quote from Mahalia Jackson which I found on Danyel Smith's wonderful blog this morning seems appropriate:
"It's easy to be independent when you got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing, that's the Lord's test."