Dean on October 10th, 2015

aerial_flood12Last Saturday, when I sat preparing my Sunday School lesson, I heard about the rain.  In fact, it was raining.  I heard about imminent flooding but didn’t understand.  Sunday Morning it was raining again and I was seeing the effects of the rain in West Florence neighborhoods.  Nothing however, could prepare my mind for the sights that would be seen in the coming week.  It all seems surreal and yet my life goes only barely touched by this massive disaster.  I have friends that have lost their belongings.  I have friends that have lost their family estates, property and possessions. It’s a terrible thing to witness.   But I know of no one personally that has lost a life.  For that I am thankful.  I know lives have been lost and I hope those families can find peace even during tragedy.

The reality sat in for me when 75 miles of I-95 was closed.  When I left Monday morning to fly to the west coast, there were officers blocking the I-95 Southbound ramp at I-20.  When I returned Friday night at 8pm, there were still officers blocking that ramp.  For an entire week, this disaster has redirected the lives of tons of people. I won’t bother to try and quantify the economic impact.  This is a big deal and the truth is I’ll never personally see the worst of it.  (go to and search for “SC Flood” for a glimpse)

Here’s the message to everyone out there.  

  • The individual in me says:  Keep your chin up, this too shall pass.
  • The State Motto is: While I breathe, I hope.
  • The Bible says: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Stay safe friends.
PS: a big shout out to those working around the clock to keep us all safe and informed.  You know who you are.

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