... he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust
... the Bible in one hand, and the sword of Damocles in the other
We are from time to time reminded of the awesome power of nature and natural phenomenon.
What was normal life one minute before the coming of the storm, will not be normal life for many for weeks, months and even years to come, if ever.
While scientists may speak of an once in a thousand year event, others describe the great storm as one of Biblical proportions, that is, the idea that the land was wiped clean by trampling out the vineyards, having loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword.
As the quotation beneath the photograph taken from the Book of Matthew states, good and evil often emanate from the same well.
The ancient Greeks understood that events are often the source of fortune both good and ill, and at the same time. And, created the story of Pandora's jar (box). Once opened Pandora's jar released all the evils of the world, leaving only 'hope.' But hope was such a beautiful thing that even in face of all of the horrors that had come from the box, the perseverance of the human spirit seemed assured.
We have witnessed the best, the very best of human nature as neighbor has helped neighbor come to grips with the realities of the great storm, and at the same time, there is Trump, Pence and Ted Cruz. Whose very presence has caused some to avoid available aid, because they fear their desperation and homelessness will be the forerunner to their deportation.
When Pence offered a prayer, while hoisting the Bible in one hand and the sword of Damocles in the other, one can but wonder what God would sanction such cruelty? Where is the notion of charity for all, and malice towards none that the American people have come to expect from those who hold high office in times of crises?