The morning after


This morning I’m thinking about those people who lost everything in Texas, Florida, California, Oregon or Mexico, but the news cameras have moved on to some new disaster somewhere else in the world. For many of us who watched, it’s already forgotten. A couple days ago, we were riveted to our TVs. We could hardly carry on normal life because the round-the-clock coverage kept pulling at our emotions. We felt with the people; we heard their stories; we wondered what would happen to them. Everywhere we turned there were interviews, maps of the approaching hurricane, charts about earlier storms in history, and predictions about how bad this one was going be. And when the storm finally hit, there were news reporters only a few streets apart telling us what the storm looked like from their vantage point.

Public interest fades; the news machine moves on; yet for the people most affected by the disaster they wake up today to the same loss they experienced yesterday, and there’s no one there to report what Day Two feels like. Today may be harder to deal with than the storm, but who would know that? Everyone’s gone home except the people who don’t have a home to go to anymore. It may take months — in some cases years — to return to “normal” (whatever that is).

We need be sensitive enough to realize that for some people, this is going to be a long ordeal. It’s a little like experiencing the death of a loved one after the funeral is over and everyone’s gone home. Sometimes those are the hardest days of all.

This is a good time to practice standing in someone else’s shoes. Imagine what it’s like to wake up to whatever is on your back. And that’s it.

Don’t forget. Just because it didn’t happen to me doesn’t mean I can forget about it.  And this is true for many things.

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3 Responses to The morning after

  1. dierama says:

    Thank you for your reminder. There are many many crappy things that happen in this life as well as Joys. We need each other, we need community! There are plenty of local tragedies for which we should be most concerned about, in my opinion! For example if our neighbor loses a child or house burns down, a friend or a relative loses a job etc. I am all for sending a little bit to these far off tragedies, which we would only know about, because of Modern news and Modern Media, but the most important tragedies are our neighbors, community, friends and relatives. That is who we should be giving our time and most of our $ to help! Usually they are never heard of in the Media or the News and they need special attention and help and WE know about them personally! We can actually be using our own hands and feet to help them and look into their eyes and know and be known. In my mind, It is much better than texting or Face Booking ( if that is even a verb) some person far away that we don’t even know if it will help!

    • Sandie says:

      I know that it helped us to know that so many people we don’t even know (that’s a lot of ‘knows!’) – through the Catch ministry and other prayer links – were holding us in prayer gave us comfort and hope through Irma. Yes, we need to take care of what’s right under our nose, and not just with money, but prayers don’t have a mileage limit. As to sending money – i know from experience that it’s easier for some to write a check and move on.

  2. Sandie says:

    They just started to let residents and business owners back into the Keys. From the few pictures I’ve seen on TV it looks like Hiroshima after the bomb. And that’s just the Upper and Middle Keys. Nothing from the lower Keys and Key West itself. We are so blessed and we take it so for granted…I griped about no power for less than 24 hrs. When we are finally able to visit the Keys again, it won’t resemble our memories, and we only visit there. How about the memories of those that call it home? God surround them with His grace and peace and hope.

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