Sunday, August 31, 2008

Katrina and Gustav


[SEE UPDATE BELOW]
One of the remarkable things about the interweb is the manner in which one can build virtual community. Not that virtual community can or should replace corporeal community, of course. But new technology does afford us the opportunity to connect with folk with whom we might not otherwise connect.

Of late, I've connected with Anglican blogger extrordinaire Grandmère Mimi. She's not my grandmère, certainly. Far too young for that. But she is a grandmère all the same - and doubtless a delight to her grandchildren.

She is also a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Like many people along Gulf coast, Grandmère Mimi - along with Grandpère, whose name I don't think I've ever seen - has decamped to safer ground pending the landfall of Hurricane Gustav. We will all be able to follow her progress at her blog.

Gustav, of course, is arriving three years almost to the day after the massive destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Gustav comes while the people of that area are still rebuilding after the double devastation of nature's fury and society's failure.

Grandmère's bishop - the Rt Rev'd Charles Jenkins, Bishop of Louisiana - has also blogged about his departure from home. He notes that he and his wife have had offers of hospitality from around the country, but that they will only be going as far as Baton Rouge, "so that we can be poised to minister to God’s people here in the place we call home."

Pray for Bishop Jenkins, for Grandmère Mimi and for all the rest of the people along the Gulf coast whose lives were disrupted three years ago by Hurricane Katrina, and whose lives are being disrupted yet again.

As a sailor, my mind turns to the words of a hymn - words that don't quite fit, but which I will make to fit here.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril from the sea!
UPDATE
Grandmère Mimi and her family are safe according to new posts on her blog.
The Rev'd Jane Bearden, a priest of the Diocese of Massachusetts, is blogging from Biloxi, Mississippi where she has been workin with the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. We need to remember that the threat of Gustav, like the devastation of Katrina, extends along the whole Gulf Coast.

4 comments:

joseph said...

Prayers ascending.

On another note, it is remarkable how this aspect of globalization works. I have even had the pleasure of meeting in the flesh some distant bloggers.

Malcolm+ said...

I'm not sure +Greg quite knew what to make of it that I virtually knew both you and one of his classmates from Nashota.

Doorman-Priest said...

I'd love to meet you all, but I can't see it happening.

Like you, I value this network.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Malcolm, how lovely. Hurricane Gustav followed Bishop Jenkins and me to our places of refuge, but we're OK.

The storm surge from Hurricane Ike sent floodwaters to the area south of where I live, below Houma, La. The waters are still rising down there. They're getting more damage from Ike than from Gustav. And the poor people of Texas, especially Galveston.

I wish we could have a grand bloggers meeting with our virtual friends from all over the world. Wouldn't that be great?