Tuesday, 11 May 2010

We Are Nashville

Thanks to all of you who called to check on us during this crazy time in Nashville. We are fine, thank God! We had one house in our neighborhood that had flooding in their garage, and we had some roads buckle and some damage to a bridge and our neighborhood playground. So in the big scheme of things...nothing. So many have lost their homes, their possessions, and some, their lives and loved ones.

But I can't tell you how beautiful it has been to see such an outpouring of love and community during all of this. We have had friends affected by this terrible flood, and have heard stories of how people have come to the rescue. Before FEMA arrived, before Red Cross arrived. Neighbors, churches, complete strangers were there to help these people pick up the pieces that were left and lend a helping hand. Strangers, covered in mud and sewage from climbing under houses and ripping out ductwork. Covered in dust from cutting out drywall. Coughing, sneezing, sick from the mildew infested carpet, furniture, clothing, and air. It's such a good reminder that you don't have to look far from help. And that people really are generous...sometimes it just takes a natural disaster to get people going.

There are tents set up in these neighborhoods that were destroyed. Here, people, restaurants and grocery stores bring food and drinks daily so that lunch and dinner will be available to these people who still have no power, no food, and some of them no money to replace these things.

Below is a video clip of some of the pictures from the flood, and the quotes are from a blog post from a local who had some great things to say. Please continue to reach out to these people in any way you can. If you aren't local, there are plenty of ways to donate. If you can't donate, please pray. There are so many stories out there that would just break your heart.

One way you can help (and be really fashionable at the same time) is to buy a "We are Nashville" t-shirt. I'll be heading over to Nashville Clothing Company to pick up one for myself this weekend!

'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40