31 August 2005

aerial footage, etc.

WLBT, Channel 3 in Jackson, Mississippi has some footage of the coast available online, which helps me at least get a sense of the extent of the destruction from Katrina.

Scott Cunningham posts a letter on his blog regarding Desire Street and Redeemer PCA in New Orleans.

See also this excerpt from a byFaith email newsletter.

Ongoing New Orleans news video stream is available from WDSU 6.

Since I've never been to Mississippi or New Orleans, it's difficult to try to get my mind wrapped around all of this, but the destruction looks to be horrific. Letters and footage like those above do help to personalize things to some degree.

The ripple effects of Katrina are extending to Philly today, both in terms of the remnants of the storm itself, which arrived here in the very tame form of high humidity and gusts of wind, and in terms of rising gas prices, though I was able to fill the tank for $2.85/gallon. Fortunately, gas prices in the city are always cheaper than the nearby suburbs. Of course, these effects of Katrina are less than nothing in comparison with what the Gulf coast experienced.

See the post below for ways individuals and churches can begin to help.

Gracious God,
through your Son you have taught us
that nothing in life or death
is able to separate us from your love.
Look in mercy on all
to whom great sorrow has come
through hurricane in the Gulf.
Help those who are injured,
support those who are dying.
Strengthen the members
of the emergency services
and all who bring relief and comfort.
Console and protect
those who have lost loved ones.
Give your light in darkness
to all who are near to despair,
assure them that you hold all souls in life;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.