Back in October I posted a story on Facebook about a special project I did for my wife. Many of you may have seen it. I want to take a quick break from my chronicles and look around the neighborhood first. As we approach the 6 month anniversary of Harvey I wanted to post my story here on my blog to reiterate the concept of "hope." This project touched my wife because it brought her some hope back then.
Yesterday I drove around our town with my oldest son. It was great to see some homes where folks are slowly rebuilding. Unfortunately, there are many more homes where no work is happening. There is no hope. They look like they did at the end of August except FEMA has taken the mountains of debris away. The pictures in the gallery above were taken yesterday - not back in September. As we hit the 6 month marker please reach out to someone in the areas affected by the storm. The volunteers may all be gone but the needs are still present. Bring some hope to a family this spring. Here's my quick story from a few months ago......
Today was a good morning. Then a bad day. Then finished up pretty awesomely. For about 10 nights I have snuck over to the garage at the flood house. The only piece of furniture I saved was Mindy's cedar chest that her mother gave her years ago. The chest was found floating like a boat in the house. It was destined for the trash pile but I asked the guys to put it in the garage instead. I was able to strip it down, sand it, and sand it, and sand it some more. I then put 4 coats of gloss finish on the outside. Inside smells like cedar and outside shines like new. I brought it home tonight and made Mindy cry. It was all worth it. Here are the before and afters....
Are you curious about what renewal and hope really looks like? Take a look at the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 47, verses 1 - 12. Spring is just around the corner and with it, I pray for hope.
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