Friday, July 04, 2008
Mind the Gap
When we visited England, if you rode the subway in London, you were familiar with the little saying "Mind the gap..." That has taken on new meaning with the Gap Fire which is burning within 2 or 3 miles of our house. 1700 homes have been evacuated, some within about 4 blocks of our house. It is frightening to watch as the fires burn down the mountain near us and very anxiety producing as we wonder what might happen next. Things seem relatively normal and then the power goes off or the winds shift and we just don't know what might happen. We're afraid to go anywhere for fear the winds would shift and we wouldn't be able to get home to get important papers, our cat, my guitars, photographs, computer backups, whatever. Even the normal activities of trying to write a sermon seem almost impossible. The frustrations and fears are almost paralyzing.
Some of our church members have been evacuated from their homes. Others have left to escape the terrible air quality and the frustration of not knowing what will happen next. I have no idea what to do with worship on Sunday.
If I think about things... many people around the world live with this kind of uncertainty and insecurity every day. I don't know how they do it. And on the other hand, I think of those who fight these fires and the stamina and commitment that requires.