"WHY??? That's a question we are all struggling
to answer as we watch the reports of the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I must admit, I watch/read the reports and
I can't continue....I have to turn them off. I just can't think about what misery those devasted people are going through.
And I wonder what those of you with children are saying in response to their questions. How do you look into those innocent
faces and explain to them the horrors that have befallen children their age? Please share what you have told your children
about this and other tragedies...maybe together we can answer.....WHY???"
This is a very complex topic to try to explain and use the proper words to describe
a complicated situation. In tragedy an ending occurs of one's way of life, but most importantly one's view on what was really
important. We must remember that with endings new beginings shall arise. Much like a Pheonix rising from the ashes to live
again. When tragedy strikes it presents lessons, but also opportunites for true change if we allow it to, and not miss the
lesson for that time for the affected individual. Many are saying in religious circles that this was an act of God for our
sins, and there are many also in spiritual circles as well as native american's who call these events Cleansings or purifications.
We are in a special time period in our history where mankind is now reaching for other planets to live on and explore. We
have seen advances in our technology in the civilian sector to the government sector. An article by an Air Force Official
had stated that by 2025 they plan to own the weather. We also have seen where Russia made an offer two years ago to produce
a weather event for a country that was in drought. Of course it never materialized. We have also seen an array of Atennas
in Australia coined Haarp that actually punches holes into our atmosphere. We now see advances on the battle field from drones
carrying missles to sound, and microwave weapons that are currently being deployed in Iraq and Afganhistan. There are technologies
that we as civilians have no idea about. Now is there deffinitive proof of these technologies. Yes, and no it is basically
up to you to do the research and form your own personal beliefs.
All we need is to look around us today and if we do then we will know the answers.
In my mission work I have seen families suffer and brought to their knees through tragedy including myself. For example while
I was in Puerto Rico a rather large tropical storm had swept this tiny island. When the storm had passed it had left a number
of towns washed out and flooded including a number of key bridges. Many were watching the news and glued to their televisions
as images were broadcast of people clinging to trees, and hanging on to rocks anything that would help them avoid being washed
away from the flood waters which had now become a raging river consuming anything in its path. Many people felt adandoned
as if God and people have left them to die in squander and misery. One thing remained though and that was faith that someone
would help them.
The island responded and sent thousands of people including myself to help the ravaged
areas. When I arrived by bus to the location my breath was taken from me as I watched survivors walking in a daze searching
through rubble that used to be their homes. I saw children alone and crying and some in groups clinging to each other not
knowing if we were going to help them. As we unloaded food and water the people seemed to snap out of their daze and make
their way to the buses and vans. I saw a variety of emotions from crying, yelling, mumbling, happiness, prayers and hugs.
As soon as they received their food and water they would again begin to search and cry for help to find their lost loved ones.
One child was found on a hill and next to him was a raging river of water. This child was crying and no one was around. The
child was rescued and brought to the camp. We had no idea who this precious child belonged to and many volunteers cried as
they took turns holding this beautiful little boy. After a few hours we had found a neighbor that lived close to the child,
and had informed us that when the strom hit the houses began to take on water and the high wind forced them to take shelter
outside as their homes slid into the river of water. He had stated that when this occurred people clung to trees and boulders,
wood anything that would help them stay alive. He began crying describing the ordeal, a few days had passed and still no word
about the boys parents or guardians. They were never seen or heard from after that tragic day.
About two weeks had passed by after that tragedy, but what was born out of it was
amazing. The little boy was placed into a loving home where the couple could have no children. Now they had a precious child
to raise, and love. The people who had lost their homes were now being comforted and new homes were in the process of being
built for the families. Bridges were rebuilt by the government and aid was given to all the survivors. If we compare this
small but tragic event in terms of Katrina we will find tragedy and sadness, but after the dust has settled a new day and
light will dawn. People are now rushing to their aid yes not quick enough to some but it is coming. Money is pouring in to
help them. Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio has aceepted 25,000 people for each city. Donation drives by police and firefighters
here in San Antonio has been amazing as they stood today in 100 degree heat to gather donations on busy intersections. Radio
Stations placing a warm welcome but also reaching our own people to open their hearts and let love in. There are also private
citizens who are opening their homes as well to receive our neighbors in their time of need. My friends this is who we really
are as a human race when we are operating out of love.
Human's are creatures of habit unless we train ourselves otherwise we simply fall
back into patterns, and habits. So if there is a lesson what can it be? The lesson is clear and has been anounced by many
cultures throughout the world, and throughout the ages. We are separated from each other and above all from our creator. Events
such as these serve as signs for readjustment in behaviors, lifestyles, etc. Will we listen or repeat? If we repeat more tragedy
awaits us. Yes our planet will have many geophysical events and changes that is our Mother Earth, but if we can learn from
these tragedies we can lesson their impact on us personally. These changes are always a part of our earth but mankind through
ignorance can quicken and produce more tragic events then what would normally occur.
Our true primary lesson is to align us back to who we really need to be. We need
to operate out of love, and open our hearts to each other. Tragedies serve this purpose yes there is desperation, and death,
destruction, but after the events we see people pulling resources together and opening their hearts such as the case on 9/11.
Four thousand people died that day but what came after was a unity that was not seen in the states for quite some time. In
higher sense the destruction is not meant to take away our lives but instead renew our lives but with love and faith in God
the creator and in each other. If we cannot love each other openly we cannot love the creator for each one of us is an aspect
of the creator. Of course this can go much deeper but what we need to understand that this was to purge away negativity and
to bring about change. Now it is up to the victims as well as us to keep our faith and shine our light to the victims. A new
begining has now begun for the survivors. Yes uncertain, but that my friends is the beauty and splendor of it all the uncertainty
in life is what life is all about a journey a struggle to find yourself or even perhaps lose yourself. Choice is paramount
on how we direct our lives. Will we look at them as victims or as people that need our help to get back on their feet. Life
continues and so will they.
Tragedy can be a renewal of hope or a loss of life, or property. The most valuable
lesson is that material possesions mean little when your life is on the verge of tragedy. What matters in the end is love
and those around you. The bonds and links you have made. Material Possesions will come and go much like the tides of an ocean,
but people do not come and go as each is unique. We must choose love in order to weather the events to come. This is a percursor
and a sign that things are moving in a downward trend, so what do we do keep ignoring the signs or open your hearts and let
love in. It is your personal choice to make. That is what I currently tell my boys and the choices that mankind is making.
We are either part of the solution or we are part of the problem.