Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Stormy weather

Storms; the interaction, crashing together of warm and cool air. Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, wind storms. Lightning, thunder, wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail.

The unsettled nature; sun one moment, rain the next. Fierce wind--then still. The calm before the storm. "The Perfect Storm."

How small we can feel when caught in the midst of a storm--the incredible power of weather. But how resourceful, resilient, courageous we must become.
Imagine this scene from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina swamped the city: Night is falling. People are trapped on their roofs. They've been yelling for help all day. As the sky becomes dark, amid cries for help, another sound rises, becomes stronger and stronger. It's music--people are singing. They are singing gospel hymns from their rooftops. (This story told by a priest who was also trapped on an upper floor of his church.)

Sometimes it's a personal storm we must weather. Hopefully we have someone who cares by our side. And hopefully we can find our music, our art, our faith; that part that keeps us up, courageously singing and drumming as we go into the night.

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