We hadn't been to New Orleans since the mid-90's. The French Quarter and the French Market hadn't changed much at all--maybe a little older and in need of some tidying up--fresh paint, cleaning.
|Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, 24-miles long. The lake is only 10' deep.|
We didn't want to spend too much time retracing our steps, so we decided to drive over the 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain and then tour around the Louisiana bayou.
|Mike and Cathy in Gulfport, Mississippi|
|Water! How I love to see water ...|
When in Gulfport, we spent some time with a friend who lost everything during Katrina. He was telling us that the water near his home, which was only a couple blocks from the Gulf, was 25' deep after the storm.
After the floodwaters receded, they discovered their neighborhood was still intact ... except for their house, which was nowhere to be found.
Apparently, besides the hurricane, a tornado had swept through and demolished their house. Our friend found only a few of his belongings, including the tie he'd worn at his wedding.
The natural response: "God, why me?"
The Christian's response (and our friend's): "God, why not me?"
It was a horribly traumatic event, and our friend and his family suffered enormously. But God is good. Our friend's family all survived. Since Katrina, God has amply recompensed them for all that they lost.
So I'm celebrating our opportunity to see New Orleans again and to visit Gulfport for the first time, and especially to hear about this story of faith.
What are you celebrating today?