"Rescue the Perishing"
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
Just watching the coverage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was overwhelming. “If you’re not going to evacuate, write your Social Security number on your arm in ink.” “If the water rises in your home, don’t go to the attic unless you have an ax.” It was almost unbelievable, except it was very real - people wading in chest-high water, or perched on their rooftops waiting to be airlifted.
In the midst of this tragedy, one word kept popping up - "rescue". Like the Cajun Navy. Like all the fishing boats and rowboats and canoes and kayaks. Everyday people using what they had to save as many as possible. Apparently, no one had to tell them their boats were needed. They were not trained rescuers, but they knew they had what others so badly needed. They knew people would die if they didn’t risk trying to save them. You and I are not in Texas or Florida. We have limited provisions to help those who are, and we should be doing what we can. I see a bigger picture here, though.