Sometime between Frances and Ivan, a friend asked this question: Is God
mad at us Floridians or what? My answer at the time was "what"--in
other words, it's just weather, not the wrath of a vengeful God. My answer
today, though, would be a different one: It was more than just weather;
it was an opportunity to discover more about ourselves than maybe we wanted
to know. Did we face the storms with
fear or with faith? Were we concerned only about ourselves, or did we truly
care about our neighbors' welfare? And just how willing were we to share
whatever we had with those who needed it? As long as we refuse to wallow
in self-condemnation, reflecting on questions like that can bring us closer
to becoming the person we've wanted to be all along.
After Frances: Post-Hurricane Reflections from a Weary Floridian"