As Tropical Storm Isaac is about to hit America’s Gulf States and the citizens of the aforementioned states await its impact, I am reminded of the helpless feeling I experienced three years ago, August 26, 2009, when a wild-fire called “The Station Fire” raged on the San Gabriel Mountains near my home in Altadena, California. I am praying for the citizens of the state of Louisiana and the other Gulf States as they are about to experience another tropical storm seven years to the date since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of America. One of my best friends and fraternal brother, Arthur Thomas, lives in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, so I am concerned he and his family will be harmless after Tropical Storm Isaac passes through their state. I am also prayerful that my other fraternal brothers, namely, Jerry Green and Lynard Carter and their families, who live in New Orleans, will be safe after the storm is over. I am praying for all of my fraternal brothers, who might be in Tropical Storm Isaac’s path, to be safe.
I am encouraged to see many of the citizens of New Orleans are leaving the city to locate to higher grounds. When natural disasters occur, one can only hope the preparation and plans families have devised are adequate to retard the negative effects caused by such unexpected powerful forces of nature. I remembered three years ago as the Station Fire came across the mountain towards my neighborhood, the feeling of anxiety that raced through my body. So, I empathize with the citizens of the Gulf Coast, because I too felt the angst of a natural disaster. Fortunately, my neighborhood was spared the fire’s destructive behavior, because of a God sent wind and hardworking Firefighters the fire’s direction changed away from our homes.
As we live in this Global Public Square with all of the recent horrific natural disasters, it is imperative for citizens to help one another when mother nature strikes. In these times, when natural disaster descents we realize that every one of us is vulnerable to its power. In these moments becoming one’s brothers keepers is the most heartwarming, generous and blessed thing one can do.