Some may wonder how Houston will recover from the recent epic disaster from Hurricane Harvey. I can’t tell you exactly how it will happen, step by step, but I can tell you we will not only recover, we will be stronger and prouder than we were before this devastation hit our city. We are a strong, God fearing, flag saluting, gun toting, compassionate city and we will show the world what it means to be Texas proud.
If you’re not a Texan then you probably don’t understand our pride or mentality. We may pray to different gods, vote for different presidents, and have skin of different colors, but when we see our neighbors in need, we help. We are humans helping humans. We don’t wait on the Government to rescue us. We take care of each other when things get tough. We are prepared to do what needs to be done. We don’t just sit and cry and feel sorry for ourselves.
Don’t misunderstand me; we have cried many tears over the loss of lives, pets, homes, cars, and family heirlooms. My heart feels like it is swollen. At times I feel the pounding in my chest so strong that I think this must be what a heart attack feels like. In a way, it is an attack on the heart. I personally feel overwhelmed with emotion seeing all of the loss that many of my friends have suffered while I seemed to have been spared from the devastation. But I can tell you, through the tears, we take action. We have rescued each other, offered our homes to complete strangers, given time and money to help clean buildings and homes, clothed the drenched families, fed the hungry and taken care of our beloved first responders. This will continue until the job is done.
One of my friends who lost her home said she wasn’t used to being on the receiving end of things. Tears spilled out of her eyes as she said that she was so grateful for her neighbor who rescued her family on a boat. I reminded her that the giver is blessed. When we are able to reach out and come to the aid of those in need, it is an honor. So if you are uncomfortable being on the receiving end, remember that you are allowing someone else to experience that blessing.
I’ll never understand why I was able to ride out this storm completely unharmed but I can tell you that I am grateful. I am also honored and blessed to be able to love on and help those who need it the most right now. I believe that God will bless Texas in a way we’ve never seen before this storm. Get ready for some Texas pride on display!