|Creek bank reinforced by stones|
As a commissioner for the Bassett Creek Watershed I was pleased to see a recently completed stone creek bank reinforcement project holding fast amidst the raging flood waters. This effort greatly reduced the erosion that would have otherwise occurred.
|Family garden nearby Bassett Creek after the flooding|
Our family was without electrical power the last two and half days. However, as I type this blog entry I'm using a gas powered generator that I borrowed from some friends at church. They also delivered the generator, complete with a full tank of gas.
So, what do these observations have in common? They speak to ways in which we are more likely to survive some of life's inevitable storms.
Secondly, when we are well rooted, even when we're seemingly going to be drowned or swept away, we can still survive, and perhaps thrive despite the adverse conditions. A healthy appreciation of our history and heritage can aid us as we seek to ride out the storms. Without such roots our lives may never come fully into fruition.
Lastly, at church yesterday I discovered the power of community to support people in their times of need. What a wonderful thing it is for people to share of their resources to aid those in need. I certainly do appreciate the generosity of others at a time like this, and I believe that they also feel good about being able to help out.
With global climate change and an increasingly volatile national and world economy, it seems we are all going to experience a multitude of storms throughout our lives. Let's do what we can to be prepared, and also to help our neighbors as we are able, for we never know when we might also be on the receiving end.
PS I was thrilled also to be on the giving end this past weekend; raking the yard of an elderly neighbor and sawing up a fallen tree branch for some good friends.