For our out-of-town family and friends: Pensacola is on the west side of the storm and we are doing fine. But, our housing situation (a fifth wheel) caused us, a few days ago, to schedule a “stay-cation” in a local hotel. We able to secure their very last room.
At breakfast this morning we discovered why this hotel sold out so very quickly. Staying here is a team of electrical power workers from a company in Austin, TX. One of their team members shared with me that they are staged here to be ready to go to work after the storm.
Unfortunately, we are used to seeing our friends who work for our local power company deploy to disaster areas. And, we have benefitted from workers who live elsewhere. After, Hurricane Ivan, it was a team from Quebec (Canada) Power who repaired the power line to our home. I felt bad for those kind Canadians as they worked in our Pensacola heat and humidity!
Today’s team from Texas was enjoying breakfast in the lobby with us. When I sneezed twice, very loudly, I heard many voices say “Bless you.” I paused and said, “I’m going to sneeze again,” there was laughter and then a strong voice from behind us said “And, I’ll bless you again.”
On the shoulder of the Austin team’s uniform shirt is a patch: “I am my brother’s keeper.” Rest easy, Friends, John Stein and I are safe and are in very, very good company.
Join with us in praying for those in the path of the storm and for those who are ready to repair and to rebuild.