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So many people in the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi,and Louisiana have been removed from their homes. Most of them have lost their homes, and everything they own. In many of those cities/towns, the people have lost their livelihood.

There were so many deaths that seemed unnecessary - from the people who refused to get out before the hurricane in New Orleans, to those that were not given access to a way out - to those that ?waited? and no help came. The blame game played a huge roll in this mess. Instead of stepping up to the plate and sending out rescue teams the minute it happened, people were waiting for others to take on the task.

I don't believe God looks at this problem with a happy face; instead, He probably has a heavy heart. Most of His people have done their best - so many reports of loving neighbors helping neighbors - not those just ?next door?, but those in other states. That is called ?love for . . .

So many people in the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi,and Louisiana have been removed from their homes. Most of them have lost their homes, and everything they own. In many of those cities/towns, the people have lost their livelihood.

There were so many deaths that seemed unnecessary - from the people who refused to get out before the hurricane in New Orleans, to those that were not given access to a way out - to those that ?waited? and no help came. The blame game played a huge roll in this mess. Instead of stepping up to the plate and sending out rescue teams the minute it happened, people were waiting for others to take on the task.

I don't believe God looks at this problem with a happy face; instead, He probably has a heavy heart. Most of His people have done their best - so many reports of loving neighbors helping neighbors - not those just ?next door?, but those in other states. That is called ?love for your fellow man?. The U.S. and the world has stepped in to help. But, so many have let the people down, from the bottom to the top of the ladder. We can't make others do what we want them to do; we can only ask or recommend. God doesn't force us to do anything; He gives us a choice. So many have refused and so many have made wrong choices.

Next time, (God forbid there be a next time like this) maybe we would have learned from past mistakes. Perhaps the blame game won't be played, and people will have a plan to help those in need, those unable to help themselves, before the next time. Hopefully, the media will be more into truth than into ratings. Maybe those in charge of their state will quickly implement the plans that they have to help the people cope, no matter what the problem, or how long it takes to get back to normal - if there is such a thing, after such a tragedy as this.

Copyright 2005 by Barbara Sanders, Empire, AL. Used by permission.
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