May 8th, 2010

speakingoffaith:

The Nashville Flood: “Our Eyes Being Directed Toward God”
Colleen Scheck, senior producer

Pete Wilson and Anderson CooperEarlier this week, Trent sent the following email to our staff:

“Would one of you be willing to blog about the flood in Tennessee/Nashville? I read a poignant tweet last night in which the person was begging the media to cover what has happened (the flood) rather than what might have happened (NY car bomb). And we also received this tweet from a follower, @bigjohnscott: @softweets checkout @pwilson in Nashville & what churches across the country are doing fighting the flood. Sounds like an incredible story.”

I scheduled an interview with Pete Wilson (download mp3 of unedited interview), senior pastor of Nashville’s Cross Point Community Church, for Thursday morning, only to learn that morning that I had been “bigfooted” by CNN’s Anderson Cooper (happens all the time). But Pete and I still had a chance to speak yesterday about his reflections on the devastating floods in Tennessee and the relief efforts he’s organized through his church.

With their permission, we’ve produced this multimedia package pairing our interview with photos from this past week posted on Cross Point Church’s Flickr page. We’d love to get feedback and thoughts.

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Rain, rain, and more rain, warning sirens, and streets that became rivers was the reality for us in Tennessee last week.  My family was very blessed because we only suffered minor damages that were easily cleaned up, but we know of others that lost everything.  My peace choice today is not only to reblog this speaking of faith post, but also to send blessings and positive thoughts for all those trying to make sense of the damage left behind after that watery  weekend.  The truth is life is not fair, but the paradox is that the unfairness of life can be the gift that offers us the greatest opportunities to rise to new heights, discover new strengths within us and offer new hope to the world.