“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Disasters like this bring out the best and unfortunately the worst in people. I have been so blessed to see so much of the best as we have been involved in clean-up efforts around our hometown.
|Audley cutting trees off of the road|
As we were working to clear the road behind our house to reach others who were blocked into their homes as group of boys from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (an hour away) showed up to give us a hand.
No one made them, they just wanted to help.
Watching these young men pitch in was such a breath of fresh air.
Knowing my Dad sacrificed his time to come down and help was so comforting.
|My Bradley helping his Pop by taking of the branches as they were cut.|
But my children made me smile the most. Putting sibling rivalry aside for the time being they have been wonderful working together to aid in clean-up.
|My girls working together|
It’s a painful time for even those who had no physical loss or damage. There is much grief and hurt still to work through, but that will come with time. Monday I will take my Madeline to the funeral of one of her classmates killed in this storm. This storm has affected everyone in some way.
Bridgeport has a long road to recovery, rebuilding, and healing, but with the strength already displayed from our neighbors, this community will be stronger than ever. I know the grace of God will lead us down this path.