Day 253 - After the Fall
The first cool snap of Fall sneaked into Hot Springs overnight. Autumn color tips the trees, a gentle reminder of the eternal principal of resurrection life: 'Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.'
In an Op-Ed piece published earlier this week by The New York Times, author John Grisham explains why Katrina is no match for the spirit of Mississippi:
As dark as these days are, though, there is hope. It doesn't come from handouts or legislation, and it certainly doesn't come from speeches promising rosy days ahead...Hope here comes from the people and their remarkable belief that, if we all stick together, we'll survive...Wayne called yesterday, asking questions about online college registration forms. Eager to beat a looming deadline for Spring semester, our conversation felt curiously normal, like 'this is what we usually do this time of year. He'll actually be back in school in a few months.'
Normalcy is the key, and the people cling to anything that's familiar - the school, a church, a routine, but especially to one another. (Read the entire editorial.)
That glimmer of hope yesterday was welcome as the promise of Fall this morning.
It's been a while since we took time specifically to thank all of you who are making the journey with us this year while Wayne is deployed to Iraq. We know he has been encouraged by your comments, surrounded with your love and protected by your prayers.
So have we, and there's definitely hope in that.
(Also posted at Mudville Gazette.)