We all understand tragedy to some level of our own perception. We have all faced an illness or lost a loved one. We have all had moments of despair that made us question our own ability to overcome the obstacles placed before us. No one, from any walk of life, is immune to tragedy even if others may not perceive the situation as such. For most situations, perception is the key to overcoming these moments in life and, following what seems to be an eternal plight, our lives are able to return to a relatively normal state.
This, unfortunately, is not the case when it comes to a natural disaster. The people in Texas are not experiencing a tragedy made from their own perceptions. People are dying. People are suffering. People are without food and water and shelter. People, our fellow citizens, are on top of houses praying to be rescued while looking across their city and knowing that everything that they had built is now destroyed. They are looking across the water for their loved ones. They are hoping to survive only to later question what that survival will look like. This is not a tragedy of any other sorts. This is a tragedy of total destruction that will not quickly retreat.
As the tragedy is unfolding, calls for prayer and aid are flooding the social media websites. This sense of unity is a beautiful thing to witness. My concern, much like that of those who are still awaiting rescue, is in regards to what happens when the waters recede? When the people are able to return to their city? What happens when the last FEMA truck has left? Prayers, help, and support must continue long after the tragedy. The ability to rebuild a life, look towards the future, and move beyond the moment will be strained and difficult. We must continue to show such support when it is no longer taboo. When the social media tags are no longer at the top of the list, we must still pray for Texas!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Texas,