My friends Dave and Jeannie live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a few miles from the coast. When I called yesterday and talked to Jeannie she told me that last week had begun with an earthquake. Then, a few days later, a tornado touched down near their house. And the week ended with a hurricane blowing through!
Archive for August 29th, 2011
I talked with a friend who lives near the coast of Maryland yesterday. She and her children had left for the hurricane, while her husband stuck it out at home. There was no damage, and it turned out to be anticlimactic. They did not even lose power.
I realize that for those who are dealing with floods and power outages that this is no fun, and for those who lost loved ones this is tragic, but compared to predictions of “the storm of the century” and images of a Katrina-like disaster in New York and DC we were spared. Deaths are apparently in the tens, not the thousands. Thanks be to God that the east coast got off so lightly, and prayers for those who have been affected by the storm
I wrote the other day about early Fleetwood Mac, which had little in common besides the name with later incarnations of the band. This is a lovely tune by Peter Green, from his solo career:
Every one of us is in the image of God, and every one of us is like a damaged icon. But if we were given an icon damaged by time, damaged by circumstances, or desecrated by human hatred, we would treat it with reverence, with tenderness, with broken-heartedness. We would not pay attention primarily to the fact that it is damaged, but to the tragedy of its being damaged. We would concentrate on what is left of its beauty, and not on what is lost of its beauty. And this is what we must learn to do with regard to each person as an individual, but also – and this is not always as easy – with regard to groups of people, whether it be a parish or a denomination, or a nation. We must learn to look, and look until we have seen the underlying beauty of this group of people. Only then can we even begin to do something to call out all the beauty that is there. Listen to other people, and whenever you discern something which sounds true, which is a revelation of harmony and beauty, emphasize it and help it to flower. Strengthen it and encourage it to live.
–Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
“More Americans may go to church than their counterparts in Europe, but the churches to which they go do little to challenge the secular presumptions that form their lives or the lives of the churches to which they go. For the church is assumed to exist to reinforce the presumption that those that go to church have done so freely.”
More, from Stanley Hauerwas (and thanks to Serge at Conservative Blog for Peace):