I added a pic of me and Lucy at ChopSticks to the last entry. If anybody wants to donate money to help me shower her with gifts, let me know.
Went home…Thanksgiving break was busy with papers mostly. But I did get to really see the damage for the first time, from Moss Point all the way to Biloxi. Most of these pictures were taken near the beach in the Pascagoula area (and yes, most were taken as my parents drove me around). And keep in mind, this is 3 months after the actual hurricane hit…
Catholic church’s new meeting place
This is where 2 houses are actually stacked on top of each other
House debris in trees
One family tried to make their destroyed home a little more festive…
While some people are still living in tents and have no homes at all…
Tent village in Ocean Springs
However, despite the overwhelming destruction, I also saw some rays of hope (quite literally on my drive back to MC):
A Home for Christmas
Dad’s church’s sanctuary so far, thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers from Tennessee and California, plus many other places
I took this while driving back to MC (kids, don’t try this at home).
New stuff I’ve learned: During the temptation of Jesus, He reveals that God is far more concerned with the basic heart issue rather than the details of the situation. For example, when Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms, Jesus does not say, “I don’t want your stinkin’ kingdoms,” like we might. In fact, He doesn’t comment on what He’s being offered at all. He deals with the base issue instead: “Worship God alone.” It’s the same pattern through all 3 temptations. And Scripture (the 2 most important commands are extremely basic). Just something to chew on. The temptation is never about the details, it’s about our hearts and our motives. God really does look at the thoughts and intents of the heart more than outward appearances/circumstances. Maybe we should, too.