As I'm sure you've all heard, there was a terrible tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, resulting in millions of gallons of hazardous oil continuously gushing into our waters and spreading.
My cousin was working on a rig when the explosion happened. He was one of the first responders, and is still out there now. I am so thankful that he is alive, but others are not. First and foremost, please pray for the loved ones of the eleven people who lost their lives in this terrible accident.
And of course, those of us who live on the Gulf Coast greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers as the oil arrives on our shorelines. I live right on the Gulf of Mexico on the Mississippi/Alabama state line, where my family has been in the seafood industry forever. We are heartbroken to see our coast once again devastated, less than five years after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. This one is a little different, as it is a man-made disaster that continues to get worse every day, and there is little that we can do to help. I wish it was as easy as going to the beach with soap and towels, but this is an extremely complex situation involving uncontrolled hazardous material. Only those trained and licensed to handle the oil, tar, and affected animals are allowed to lend a hand. I understand this completely, but it doesn't make it any easier to sit back and watch our livelihoods at risk yet again.
On top of daily weather forecasts on the news, we are now receiving daily "oil spill forecasts". It is truly sad.
Pray for us, friends. If you would like to stay up to date on the oil spill from a local Gulf Coast source, there is a group on Facebook that is going strong. Click below to check it out.
Many thanks to all around the world for your thoughts, prayers, and support during this stressful time.