As you’ve probably all heard, New Orleans is in the midst of an ice storm(although none of us have seen any!) But the city has been shut down for 2 days now with schools, businesses, churches, roads and bridges all closed. A state of emergency has been declared and one can imagine just a tad how it might have felt here after Katrina. Needless to say this has put a damper on our plans for working and worshipping which has been disappointing. But once again God has called us to where we need to be. Instead of painting and building we have volunteered at the New Orleans Mission, serving almost 400 lunches today and close to that number yesterday.Volunteers who usually come to help were not able to make it in so they were very glad to see us. And with temperatures in the low 20’s those who were able to get into the Mission for a hot meal and a warm bed were the lucky ones- we saw many others huddled hungry under the highway as we drove home.
Sunday’s Gospel spoke of the disciples leaving their jobs, their homes, and their families to follow Jesus, having little idea where they were going or what they would be doing. Coming on a Mission Trip is a similar experience, leaving our lives in Milton to go off with a group of people one doesn’t know very well, to go to a distant strange city to do who knows what. But like the disciples, Jesus is with us all the way, in the good times and in the challenging ones. And St Michael’s, our parish family, is too – thank you all for your support and prayers as we serve the people of New Orleans, on behalf of you all.