May 17, 2018
We’ve been talking a lot about resilience in the life of our congregation. Resilience being the ability to positively cope with stress or adversity. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from stress, perhaps even learning from the experience. This is a way of reframing the crisis or the challenge from “I just need to get through this and survive” to “what can I do differently now?”
I thought about resilience as I walked to Baker Park today. As you probably know, you can’t walk through Baker Park because it is flooded. It is flooded not because of the storms and the volume of rain we have received since Tuesday. It is flooded because our city learned from the flood of 1976 that something else needed to be done along the creek. There needed be a way for volumes of water to be dispersed elsewhere instead of running down the streets and into people’s homes.
The Carroll Creek Linear Park, dedicated in 2006, obviously took years to become a reality. But we know that our city has changed – for the better – because of what we learned from the flood in 1976. We have some of the best restaurants in the region and unique stores in the midst of our historic buildings. People don’t just drive through Frederick on their way to get somewhere else. Frederick has become a “destination”.
As we know, many people here in Frederick along the creek and elsewhere have had to cope with flooded basements and more. I’m seeing and hearing neighbors and strangers reaching out and offering assistance. Our first responders are doing a tremendous job. The city is communicating with us and inviting each one of us to do what we can in the midst of this emergency such as refrain from using more water than necessary in order to alleviate the stress on the water treatment plant.
Neighbors helping neighbors. Citizens willing to sacrifice for the best and whole of the community. This is just a part of what makes Frederick special.
Food for Thought:
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." (
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701