|Volunteer Michael Beard (R) helped clear Angie Klimple's home. |
(New York Times photo by Christopher Lee)
|Wharton County, Texas|
"Faith-based" doesn't necessarily mean evangelical. One of the volunteers who came to help was Michael Vowell, the senior rabbi of a Messianic synagogue in Houston. All the volunteers prayed for Klimple and thanked God for the blessing of being alive, of being able to help each other. It was tempting to wonder why such devastation happened, but they were too busy to dwell on it, and Vowell said it wasn't so important. "My theology is that if I can see God moving through people, neighbors helping neighbors, I can shelve the bigger question of why is this happening," he said. "That there are still people caring for each other is evidence enough that God is in this world."