I haven't felt much like blogging for the past week as I've struggled to comprehend the enormous scope of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina.
I am proud and not at all surprised by the tremendous outpouring of generousity my countrymen have shown in responding to this tragedy.
I am shamed and not at all surprised by the failure to prepare for the effect such a predictable disaster would have on our most vulnerable citizens.
We Americans are wonderfully bighearted people in times of great need, but we are all about instant gratification the rest of the time. Here in Washington state, we have folks trying their damnedest to repeal a 5 cent/gallon gas tax levied for the purpose of repairing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle so that when (when NOT if) a major earthquake strikes, it won't collapse and potentially kill thousands of commuters.
As I pray for hope and help and comfort and courage and strength for those left in the wake of Katrina, I also pray that we, as a people, will be reminded of the value of planning ahead and investing in our common good.