Monday, 4/18 Living near big rivers
Monday, April 18, 2011
After spending my weekend writing in every spare moment, I almost let the world get by me. I took time off from my writing to go to the pool each day, to take my sons to the movies, to go to the grocery store, and to go to church. It is Holy Week and after our Palm Sunday processional, the blessing of the palms, beautiful music by the choir, the small children's choir singing and introducing instruments from the Philippines (whose name evades me), the reading of the Passion Story from the Gospel according to Matthew, and a private discussion with my pastor (whew--and I didn't even mention the sermon,) I realize that I need this week to give my spiritual cup a big boost. Micah had a lot of questions this year which means he is growing up and really starting to "get" this important part of our faith. Anyway, I hope that I have some time to meditate and pray with some depth this week.
The thing that amazes me is that although I am not unaware of the issues around here, that I hadn't paid attention to the realities. We were predicted to have the second worst flooding in recorded history this year. That made a good deal of sense to me given the fact that everyone had record snows, especially the people up north of us. The Mississippi River is a wild and untamable natural wonder. There were major efforts to get volunteers to sandbag about a month ago. Then, the thaw was slow and it seemed as if we were off the hook. However, spring rains are taking their toll (along with a serious snowfall on Saturday that didn't stick to the ground) and the water has been rising steadily. The Mississippi is due to crest today or tomorrow at 20-22 feet and our flood levels are 12-15 feet. Our area is quite a mess, especially the Iowa side of the Quad Cities. When I was in the 6th grade, the flood of 1965 scared the folks in IL really protected themselves and built flood walls at great expense which have saved us many times. They are getting weak though and will need a lot of attention. Some of them have broken through in neighboring small towns. The secondary Rock River is quite a trouble maker here because the Mississippi pushes some of its overflow into it and we have highways that aren't close to the river now covered with river water. If I don't get photos (and with my need to continue my writing, that is very possible,) I am sure that Davenport and/or Muscatine, Iowa will have photos shown nationally. The current levels are 13.36 feet and 18.66 feet, so things are moving the wrong way very quickly, with over a half a foot since yesterday.
I must get ready for work. It will be a short week for me with my medical appointments and our Good Friday holiday. I will try and share with you this week, but my writing comes first. I will definitely think of you, my spark friends who keep me going on a regular basis.
If you are of the Christian faith, this can be a troubling week. Our very wise minister often reminds us that without the Crucifixion, there would have been no Resurrection. We need the gift of Easter, but the cost was great--and this is the focus of my heart at this time.