My prayers are certainly with the people of the Gulf Coast region. The devestation that Katrina has brought seems unimaginable.

My wife’s parent’s live in Mississippi, but more toward the center so they were well away from the extensive damage. Still they are without power and saw winds in excess of 75 mph, if that gives you any kind of idea of what slammed into those at the coast. My mother-in-law just emailed and said that they are expected to be without power for at least a few more days if not weeks. I can’t imagine how bad it must be in the lower part of the state.

What do you say when one of the nation’s largest cities is under water? When hundreds, maybe thousands of people are dead? When countless people are homeless and will be that way for the forseeable future?

The efforts to find survivors are underway with rescurers shifting through bodies that are floating in the cluttered flood waters.

It is times like these when we see how vulnerable and not in control we really are. I am sure many will take the opportunity to ask where God is during all this. He’s here, just like He always has been.

If you would like to help, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fund and Samaritan’s Purse is a good way to get money to people going to the front lines. Of course, there is always the Red Cross and Salvation Army who do good work as well.