We had a $7 pork roast in the fridge which we didn't want to go to waste (my frugal wife still has her first Communion money). So our family is finishing up a nice pre-evacuation dinner at home. It's actually a lovely evening right now. A little sun, a little breeze with some gusts.
Awfully quiet outside! More than 1 million people have bugged out of the area in ample time. The National Guard are here and in place patrolling. Nice to have a new governor who doesn't need adult supervision.
Besides the vastly improved government response, our church and Broadmoor neighbourhood have performed brilliantly. A lot of really amazing and talented people working together -- with some hard earned experience under their belts -- can make all the difference.
None of this would be possible without God's grace and our many, many friends from all over. The emails and text messages (no calls please, need to keep the lines free) have been most encouraging. We're especially grateful to all whose prayers and resources have helped us with the gas, supplies, etc. needed to evacuate.
Personally I've been near catatonic when it's come to packing up. And now I'm having a hard time getting in the car and heading out. Neither Max the guinea pig (who still has terrible PTSD) nor I really want to leave.
Feeling a bit better, however, as the latest weather updates show a weaker Gustav staying a bit more west of us. All good news. I'm praying to be back on campus in a couple days or so. Maybe this will just be a good rehearsal and confidence builder. Last time I thought we'd be back in a few days we spent nearly two years in the parking lot! Whatever comes our way, God is good.
Sign-off blessings from New Orleans,
--The Reverend Jerry and Stacy Kramer serve at Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans
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