The courage of our country fills me with hope and pride as concerns about ‘stuff’, at this time, do not matter. So many people are in need of rescuing in Texas from an event that no protest, no law, no political party and no individual could start or stop. Yet, so many people throughout our country, all a mixture of races, genders, cultures, and beliefs are blinded to those things, now sparked into the perspective necessary to come together to rescue those trapped by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters.
Sound bites from the media:
“Let me go get what we got to do.” – rescuer with a boat.
“Lessons in survival on the first day of school.” – local news reporter
“I put 12 people in two pickup trucks, somehow. One was just a guy in his pickup, and I put four friends and two puppies in that one, and then I put a family in there — kids in the back — and then we added two older men to that.” –rescuer, making the impossible possible.
“We don’t wait for help. We’ve been there before. We do this because it’s what we’re supposed to do – we’re supposed to help our neighbors.” Clyde Cain, a founding leader of the “Cajun Navy” from Louisiana.
“Will keep going for as long as it takes.” Andre Barnes, newest member of the Cajun Navy.
Across our street, across our state, across our nation, we are banding together just figuring out what we can do to help our brothers and sisters. Will we do it perfectly? Never have. But if we help one or thousands, we are not waiting and it is in the doing that makes all the difference. Let’s not wait. We can all pray and God accepts all prayers as perfect.
Ryan Stevenson’s song offers inspiring words of hope and courage. Courage is, after all, holding faith in one hand and fear in the other, clasping them together in prayer. Houston needs our prayers.