Survivor Guilt and Hurricane Harvey


I grew up in the Houston area. Although Houston has not been my residence since 1980, it’s my old stompin’ grounds and I still consider it home. A lot of you have asked about my family in the area, and they are doing fine. Their home was spared from any water damage.

Others were not so fortunate. And that’s where the guilt kicks in for me.

In less than two weeks my wife and I are moving.

  • We sold our house in one day for more than we were asking.
  • We found a wonderful new house that perfectly fits our needs.
  • We are closing on both houses on the same day.
  • We are literally moving from one house directly into the other.

We have continually thanked God for His graciousness in how wonderfully and smoothly things have progressed and come together.

So after the hassle-free tasks and logistics of buying and selling houses, I sit down and turn on the TV. The news is filled with tragedy, suffering, and loss. My wife and I are moving because we want to, yet so many in Houston are moving—or more accurately, evacuating—because they have to.

When bad things happen to some people, they ask, “Why me, God?” I do something similar when good things happen. “God, why are things going well for me when it’s not for others?”

I am experiencing comfort while others are not. But I am not to rest in my comfort.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

God has blessed me, and I can turn around and be His blessing to others. Regarding the massive recovery work on the Gulf Coast, I don’t know what all that means for me yet, but I don’t want to sit idly by. Join me in this.

1. Work with your local church to give finances, supplies, and specific items needed.

2. Partner with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.  In size and scope, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is third behind FEMA and the Red Cross. This well-organized volunteer program uses any funds donated solely for disaster relief—not for administrative costs. Work alongside them because they have done their homework, and know exactly the kind of help needed and where. Check them out at: https://www.namb.net/send-relief/disaster-relief.

We can represent Christ to others and be the comfort they need.

Share this post and help me challenge others to step in and be a blessing to those in Texas.

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