The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hate Harvey.

We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.


Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.


Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for help. A friend with seven feet of water in her home swimming for her life to a rescue boat. An elderly couple trapped in their attic with rising water. A man drowned as he clung desperately to a shoping cart return in a parking lot.

Thousands stranded. Thousands homeless. Hundreds in need of rescue. No water. No food. No end in sight.


My own church (Church Project) has taken in tons of evacuees with even more buses on the way, and we (my family) can’t even get out to help them because of devastating flooding and road closures all around us. It’s a feeling of hopeless, helpless heartbreak that I can’t even begin to express.


My heart is bleeding.

Yet, in the deluge, there is also something incredibly beautiful emerging. You see, Harvey has washed away something else–hatred.


Look at these pictures! The only color in greater Houston today is red, white, and blue. The only religion on our streets is love. There is no race, no creed, no gender, no socioeconomic classes, no nationality, no sexual orientation, no religion–


There are only people helping people. There are only strangers opening their homes for strangers. There are only men and women risking their precious lives for other precious lives.


Today, no matter who you worship, the color of your skin, where you were born…we are all Texans.

For a stunning moment the world has stopped fighting against each other and started fighting for each other.

It’s breathtaking.

Take note world. You don’t need to wait for a devastating disaster to love. You don’t need to wait until your neighbors are drowning to reach across the color, religious, nationality, political boundaries. This world is suffering a different kind of storm, one far more dangerous than Harvey–a storm of hatred. Let’s refuse to let it break us.


Do it now–in honor of Texans, love your neighbor fiercely today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.

And Texans, I beg you to remember this day every time you gaze upon your neighbor. If you would go to any lengths to save them today, then let’s go to every length to love them for endless tomorrows.


Harvey, you can take a lot from us–and you have. But you can’t take our spirit. In fact, you have given us a glimmer of something beautiful–

Love.

We are Texas. 

Beautifully, heart-brokenly yours,

Angelia

HELP TEXAS: Want to help our evacuees? We desperately need your help. Go HERE to give to the Harvey Relief Fund. One hundred percent of donations to this site go to Harvey victims. 

Check out Angelia’s published books here: Champion of Destiny and Sera Oth Berinon

The profit for all book sales in the month of September will go directly to victims of Harvey!

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234 thoughts on “The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

  1. I am giving to my employers’ fund to assist our employees in Houston. I’m also hoping to go to Houston to help in recovery. I love my Houston and still plan to return when I retire. LOVE YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS.

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  2. Thank you so much for writing this. I live in the Baton Rouge area, and we experienced the same thing in August of last year. There was so much tension and hatred after Alton Sterling, a young black man, was shot by a white cop. Shortly after that, two cops were killed and one critically wounded in retaliation. Then the flood came, and it didn’t matter what color your neighbor’s skin was, only that they needed help. It’s amazing how God can bring such beauty out of the darkest of ashes.

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  3. Thank you so much for expressing the feelings of Love and Compassion. I as a Texan am so moved to read something so true about who we truly are as Texans and a Country. My heart goes out to all those that have been affected by Harvey. Maybe it’s a sign saying “Stop, Look and Listen to yourselves”.
    And now we have. It’s a shame it took something so devastating. It’s makes me cry.

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  4. God Bless all in need today and tomorrow and forever. I am so impressed with the way the Texans have behaved through out this horrible storm. They have shown us all how we should love one another and take care of all of our friends, family and neighbors.

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  5. This is a Wonderful post and sooo true – with the exception of the fact not only are you Texans – as you put it – but AMERICANS helping each other and putting HATE aside!! There are many more people than just Texans that have come to the rescue for all of you in TEXAS!
    We’re praying for you all! God Bless AMERICA!

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    1. Thank you, you are right we say Texas because we are in Texas but we know that the entire USA and the world are praying for us and offering their assistance.

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  6. What a beautiful and poignant blog post. Sending prayers to Texas from Louisiana. May God bless all of you.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»

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  7. Our Hearts are heavy but our spirits are light, may all come together and bless you all. We are watching, praying you are safe and free from danger. May the good Lord watch over all of you and hold you in the palm of his hand. Much love

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  8. Beautifully written. May God bless us all. May we ALL remember we are children of God and show love for each other. You made me BAWL. Thanks for your kind words of advice and clarity.

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  9. Very well written… I couldn’t have said it better… we are in liberty county surrounded by the flood waters many have lost everything… I and my family are blessed we are high and dry and safe… we can’t get out to help, it breaks my heart…

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  10. For some reason, after all the great but devastating pics n videos on social media,this one broke the dam of my tears. I cried like baby. I’m glad for the emotional outburst to relieve my “trauma” ( and I live 500 miles away wishing for rain on dry dusty southwest!) . Fervent prayers for all hurricane affected areas.

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  11. God bless you all and I want to say shoutout to all the wonderful people that is giveing there time to rescue and showing love and concern for people they don’t even know what a blessing to see.may the Lord bless each and every survivor in. Huston Tex.

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  12. I PRAY ALL DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT THAT THERE WONT BE ANY DEATHS,ONLY GOOD NEWS. FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I DONT WONT TO SEE ANY NEWS THATS NEGATIVE. I CANT EVEN IMAGINE THE PEOPLE IN THE NURSING HOME…..SITTING IN WAIST HIGH WATER-IN A WHEEL CHAIR WAITING AS DEATH IS ALL AROUND YOU- DEAR GOD.

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  13. I am from Mexico and i have been praying for you all. Please let us know how can we help, i have donated at red cross and human society. Wondering if there is more we can do for you. Love you people.

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    1. Larissa, there IS something you can do. Please, please, let other people in Mexico know how grateful people in the USA are for the generous offer of help made by your president. This is a true neighbor, and we will remember .

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  14. This is a horrific, historical event. One which many may never fully recover. It is amazing to note, out of all this devastation, that all the care, concern, help, support from all over our beloved USA and other countries will help sustain our faith. Out of this disaster, there comes a sense of peace in the midst of all this devastation; the political juggernauts have ceased, the political discord, the hate and divisiveness in our country has turned to care, concern and love. My hope and prayer will be for all of us to have the strength to continue to sustain this peaceful and nurturing environment for the rest of our lives. Please continue to lead by all these gracious examples of humanness.

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    1. Amen , thanks to all who have written such beautiful thoughts & prayers. We are one Nation kinder God with Liberty, & justice for all. We will stand with each other with great love & pray for all who have suffered in what ever way from this storm with God by our side. God Bless All πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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  15. Angelia…words of an Angel…

    Praying that we learn from this disaster…..
    One Nation under God…That the Love for each other continues to Unite ALL people, dispelling hatred that is destroying the Spirit of the Foundation of this Great Country.

    Many Blessings to ALL of those affected by this devastation, and to those that are risking their lives to help those in Great need.

    We are ALL ONE…as you can see.

    -Anne Martin Bell πŸ’–πŸ™

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  16. God bless Texas. Both my husband & I were born & lived most of our lives here in Oklahoma. I know from experience payer does work. We’re sending prayers to Texas.

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  17. This article is very well written. Words cannot express the thoughts, love, and prayers going forth for our fellow Texans. Texas, our Texas, so wonderful, so great! We stand strong and we are courageous! What was meant for bad is turned around for good. I’m proud to be a Texan and ‘m proud to be an American! Love and prayers for everyone volunteering, rescuing, and giving!

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  18. Thank you for the story you put together and the truth that you speak. I stand in agreement with you that so much outpouring of love has emerged and we pray for those affected by the hurricane and for lives to be changed from within and see that in the broken and lost temporal things of this world they see God’s love and kindness from strangers and may all who do not know Christ come to salvation. Praise God!

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  19. Excellent post here. Thank you for making the effort to write this for us to read. I am putting a link to your post in my blog today at myjournalreflections.blogpost.com

    I have nothing to add to what you have said. You said it very well.

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      1. Beautifully said. I just wish that we could take it to heart and LOVE every day as though Harvey or
        Some other storm was coming, and I’m afraid it is, but not in the form of weather. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and thoughts with us. May God Bless You and your family.

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    1. These folks never hated each other. They’ve always been the same hero’s they were today. This is what America is all the time. The only difference now is now we can see them. For a moment, the news has stopped watching the clowns with red flags and black masks, and caught a glimpse at real America. That’s what this is. This is the true face of our country.

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  20. I’m not from Texas but after reading this, I wish I was. This was beautifully written and expressed exactly what is happening now. I hope the entire country sees this and continues with the love and support for everyone even after this is over. God Bless you and all Texans. You are in my prayers.

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  21. I am a retired Major General, 83 years old, I have traveled all over the world, have seen much and never have I been so proud to be a born and life long Texan. My prayers go out to all who have
    been in the path of Harvey. Hear our Prayers, God.

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