Thoughts on the Baton Rouge Flood 2016
We have served the people of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area for many years, and know so many people that have been impacted by the devastating flood of the last few days. Naturally, my first concern was the welfare of my family and property, and we dodged a bullet, surrounded by water, yet it did not damage any of our property. Quickly, my thoughts and prayers turned towards those friends and clients who were directly impacted by the flood. First, I want to say, I am so sorry for your loss. It seems like a triage, first concerned about life, next home, next possessions, next business impact on down the line. The fact is everyone is effected in some way, yet some more than others. Whatever loss you experienced, I want you to know that you will get through.
I have noticed that there are two ways to get through tragedy and loss. One is by yourself, denying the truth of your heart, isolated from both other people and God. The result is bitterness, anger, chronic resentment and chronic anxiety. The other way is leaning heavily on the Lord, and having an honest voice with those around you who love you. Honestly working out your heart with loved ones, and laying out your emotions on the altar before God is so important. The result of this second way is healing, peace, strength and connection. May you embrace this second way!
Ultimately, it is not what you experience, but how you handle what you experience that makes all the differenc. Whatever impact the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 has had on you, I say to you, I am sorry for your loss. I also say, have a voice with loved ones, and work out your bigger questions with the Lord. May his Peace, the atmosphere of Heaven, be released over you now! Amen
Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves the people of Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.