i just got a call from my friend brandon. he evacuated from baton rogue on saturday, at the time it was a voluntary thing. his wife was 8.9 months pregnant. he called to tell me he was alright and that... his wife delivered a baby last night at 8;45 or so. a little girl, 5lbs (somthing oz) and aobut 18 inches long... a tiny thing. her name is janey louise. no problems with delievery. brandon is not sure what damage was sustained to his house or his church (he is a pastor) as far as he knows there is water damage, but that is it. this takes a load off my mind. i hadn't heard from brandon since the hurricane and i was beginning to go a bit stir crazy. i was calling mutal friends, but i couldn't get in contact with them, either. brandon called about 1130. i don't think i've ever been so glad to hear that lousiana drawl.
I'm using this story in my sermon this week. God has a funny way of always turning the worst possible thing into something beautiful and wonderful. From death comes forth life. The ultimate example is the cross, where God took a truly horrible thing (an execution device) and used it as the means for our salvation. Prayers go out to Brandon and family and everyone who has suffered because of this catastrophe.
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