This is the fifth installment in the “Unprecedented” story series, telling the stories of Harvey through the people of Clear Creek Community Church. To learn more about the series, read the introduction here.

Devastated Homeowner Brings Hope to Volunteers

As we pulled up in front of the house where our labor crew was assigned, I was instantly reminded of my grandmother’s home. The decorations out front, the well-trimmed garden, the four white pillars – everything looked just like my grandma’s style. As we walked inside the empty home, our team leader shared that this house had taken on about six inches of water.

I looked sadly through the bedrooms filled with antiques, the walls covered with smiling portraits, and the closets full of colorful clothes. If whoever lived here had known my grandmother, they’d have been best friends. It pained my heart to see a house so filled with memories, now filled with devastation. My grandmother’s heart would have broken if this had happened to her home. How could anyone handle the destruction of decades of memories?

After we had been working for about an hour, an elderly lady, only about five feet tall, walked in the door. Just seeing her made me smile. Val Pitts is a widow who has lived in this house for thirteen years. It was clearly difficult for her to see all of her and her son’s belongings pushed to the center of the rooms so we could rip apart their walls.

“It was hard at first. I cried a lot those first few days. I was shocked because I’d never gone through anything like this before.” She was silent for a little bit. “But then I realized how much others who lost their homes must be hurting too, if I’m hurting this much. So I began to pray for them.”

As I spent more time with Val, I began to envy her strength. She had lost so much, but she was still looking up. Instead of complaining about the mess her house is, she was excited to see her house end up better than it was before. I can only hope that one day, when I go through trials like these, I’ll be able to look on the bright side and have as much joy in my heart as Val has in the midst of her pain.

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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10