Covering Things Up
This past week I have been with a great group working on a Flood Relief project in Kinston, NC. The house we have worked on experienced a lot of flooding under the house. There is a crawl space about 2-3 feet high under most of the house and water under the house had caused a great deal of mold, mildew, and rot to occur in the floor joists and support beams. We tore out the floor, old joists and beams, and replaced them, treated for mold and mildew and replaced the floor above. It was a great week!
Ms. Addie is a sweet 80+ year old woman that had lived in the house for many years and had noticed that the floor was starting to sag and the smell was getting worse but she hadn’t been able to do anything about it. Fortunately, the response from caring groups like Presbyterian Disaster Assistance helped make her living situation much better.
In our own lives and in the lives of our families we sometimes leave things covered up and out of sight. They are structural things in marriages and in relationships with our kids that need to be addressed like mold, mildew, and rot under a house. It is better to deal with those things sooner than later so that your life can be lived in a healthy environment on a solid foundation.
We have lots of resources to help you get through tough times and to address those tough things. Take advantage of time to talk with a trusted friend or pastor. Take advantage of one of our many support groups or Stephen Ministry. Take advantage of the spiritual disciplines like prayer, meditation, and bible study. May this Lenten season be a time for you to uncover the things that are hiding under the surface and with God’s help, create a healthier space for you and your family to thrive!
To God be the Glory!