Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An Awesome State .. and an Awesome God

Amidst the destruction of the fires and the despair of the thousands of newly homeless, the people of my native state are responding quite well, thank you. This story about the relief center at the stadium stands in wonderful contrast to the descriptions of chaos at other relief centers in other disasters, and, yet is uniquely Californian (massages? Red Bull?). My favorite part:

Earl Sanders looked out of a broken-down car he called home at 11:30 p.m. Monday and saw the mountain above Spring Valley, east of San Diego, on fire.

Sanders, disabled and homeless for about a year, grabbed his cane and belongings, which were shoved inside a trash bag. He put both in a shopping cart and walked to a nearby McDonald's.

"I had to evacuate, but I had no transportation and no money," he said. "I slept on the sidewalk in front of McDonald's and asked God what he had planned for me."

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, a good Samaritan gave him $5, enough for a bus ride to Grossmont Center in El Cajon and trolley fare to Qualcomm Stadium.

At 11 a.m., Sanders, 48, arrived at the stadium, where he was given a meal, a change of clothing, a cot and bedding.

"God is working it out for me," he said, tears streaming down his face

Indeed He will. Indeed He will.

(Hat Tip: National Review's Media Blog.



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