Notes on CTH and Hurricane Irma From Sundance – With an Important Message From Sharon…

As part of FL CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team), we are forced to reposition outside of the storm surge area.  As a consequence during the logistical move I will be out of the loop for most of the afternoon and evening.  We will respond to recovery efforts from positions East of SWFL.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to check back in and give updates later tonight.

To ensure continuance of communication, CTH has auto-scheduled posts set up throughout the next week which will run automatically without any need for human data entry.  [ie. the website is secure and will function as normal – and site admins are disbursed throughout unaffected timezones]  Other than my absence (hopefully sporadic), you should not see any disruption.

What can YOU DO?

Please pray for the people of Florida.  This is an extremely stressful time for many people, including a significant number of elderly.  Unfortunately, due to modern disconnection a considerable number of people do not have frequent contact with family.

If you know people in Florida, please just reach out to them via social media and let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers.  You don’t have to call them, your don’t need to look for a response, but a short note -just touching base- via social media (facebook etc.), with kind words, can mean the world to people who might be feeling isolated.

Trust me, I’ve been seeing and reassuring those faces all day.  It matters.

Just touch base.  Positive messages.  Don’t talk about their emergency status or involve them in discussions of what’s going on.

People are buried in that right now.

What I’m finding people need is just a kind word, a gentle ear, a warm heart and perhaps an appropriate dash of humor where possible.

Maybe you know someone, or one of your friends knows someone, anyone, who you might find via your social network.  If so, just let them know two important details: #1) YOU CARE and are thinking of them.  #2) THEY MATTER and are cherished by others.

If you can do this, trust me you will be providing a lifeline in multiple ways.  The benefits are exponentially valuable to the recipient; and also to those of us who are hardened to the immediacy of crisis and need calm in order to focus on the urgent details in the week ahead.

A note from Sharon:

The knowns and the unknowns continue to sort out as bullseye hours approach.

Windows for effective action are fewer and time frames shorter.

Some people are frozen into inactivity in such times; others pick up the pace.

We humans are quite the creation, with both limitations and capacities that are very real, even though they vary greatly from person to person.

Those of us far out away from these immediate danger can’t fix a thing, and many of those in the midst of have little capacity for fixing either. However, there is a primary thing that can be of great significant to every single person involved: our/your/my very presence can and does matter.

Some years after my sister-in-law died, and just after my husband died, my brother was sharing this with me: “… the people who were most meaningful to me during those days were the ones who had the ability and willingness to simply be with me. Didn’t feel compelled to try to fix. Didn’t forever try to explain how they felt. They were able to just Be. With. Me. Sometimes sitting with me in silence for a long, long time, because they accepted that There. Was. Nothing. They. Could. Do. to change the world I was caught in. The world I had to deal with for those moments, days, months…”

I have increasingly recognized since he told me that how very, very few people are capable of and willing to be PRESENT in helplessness with one who is suffering and having to risk it all. What grace is ours, if we will, just offer our presence.

And in saying that, those of you who express such feelings of helpnessness at “not being able to do something” – please recognize that your PRESENCE MATTERS.

Why is that so many have expressed in these threads, to those in Florida, “Please check in as soon as you can?” That’s easy – their presence matters to all of us. We want to know that “they are back among us….”

Well, when they do come back and answer roll call, your presence matters to them.

Your presence matters. You are not helpless. You, being alive in this moment, standing and watching, bearing witness, loving them – oh, my. This matters.

They are not alone. They know they are not alone. They know you are waiting to hear from them. No matter how long that takes.

Your presence matters. You don’t have to fix anything. Just keep loving. Your presence brings great value. Even when there are no words.

Oh yeah, and just for good measure, from the bottom of my heart and tip of my well calloused hands, please remember…

I love all y’all…

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495 Responses to Notes on CTH and Hurricane Irma From Sundance – With an Important Message From Sharon…

  1. alligatriot says:

    Amen.

    Liked by 28 people

  2. blognificentbee says:

    Thanks to both of you for your strength and insight. We are here…you cannot get rid of us!

    Liked by 35 people

    • Fe says:

      Darn skippy!!! We will all be looking for all FL Treepers and SD to chime in as soon as possible that they are ok. Praying like crazy too.

      Liked by 18 people

      • ladypenquin says:

        I posted this in the morning IRMA update thread, but would like to repeat it here.

        “We’re all praying for good outcomes. It has occurred to me – for those who are not in harm’s way, and if you have a few extra dollars – it would be a good time to send a donation to Sundance. He would have some extra need at this time, and we know he is helping others.

        What say you fellow Treepers? It’s one way we can help and know that all goes to a good cause and the right use of our contributions.”

        As I’ve read the threads today, names are appearing which I have never noticed before. Maybe, I’ve missed them, but I think we’re seeing just how many Treepers are out there, but don’t necessarily comment. And a quite a few are in Florida. Never liked the humidity myself. 🙂

        Please get safe, check in as you can, and know that you’re on our minds and in our hearts. Can’t think of anything else to say…except God Bless.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Atticus says:

    Godspeed.
    We will keep you and all affected in our prayers.

    Liked by 23 people

  4. dekester says:

    Thank you Sundance.

    Prayers and thoughts from this part of B.C.

    Liked by 18 people

  5. amwick says:

    V. From lightning, hail and destroying tempest,

    R. Keep us O Lord, Jesus Christ.

    V. Show us your mercy, O Lord,

    R. And grant us your salvation.

    V. Lord, hear our prayer,

    R. And let our cry come to You.

    V. The Lord be with you,

    R. And with your spirit.

    We are,,, we are with you…

    Liked by 26 people

  6. Patriot1783 says:

    Prayers of love and strength to all in Irmas path.

    Liked by 17 people

  7. skeinster says:

    Sharon, will take this to heart.
    We are praying and getting ready to send aid, when it will help.

    Liked by 15 people

    • Dixie says:

      There really are people lined up all over the place, waiting to help. I saw a tweet earlier which stated Cajun Army and Cajun Navy staged and ready to go. Hopefully the bubbas with the big wheel trucks are waiting too.

      Our son left eastern NC to go home to Atlanta last night. He said the line of traffic was unbelievable. We knew it would be heavy going north, but had no idea it would be just as bad going south. Trucks, electric trucks, boats and trailers convoyed and traveling south.

      Just like for Houston, help is on the way!

      Liked by 25 people

  8. kinthenorthwest says:

    Thank You–
    Stay safe you all and remember all of your Treeper Family is with you and surrounding you all in prayer and loving thoughts..
    From Northeast Oregon I am praying for all of you. My Ministry was/is this weekend and everyone in it offered up prayers for all in the path of Irma, and those trying to recover from Harvey.
    God Bless–May the good Lord hold you all in His loving protective hands.

    Liked by 28 people

  9. Lord, keep these helpers safe and return them whole to us as soon as possible . We love and need our Sundance and Wolverines !
    I’m trying to be gracious and open hearted. I’m crying a bit though I admit for me.
    Please take care of yourself too.

    Liked by 21 people

  10. bluegirl says:

    LOVE you too!!!!!!!!! Please be safe.

    Liked by 10 people

  11. keebler AC ovfefe says:

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ PRAYERS }}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Please donate too to CTH so that SunDance sees a big whopping safe haven when he gets back. Mod Squad Strong!

    Liked by 20 people

  12. Jimmy Jack says:

    I am praying steadfastly for you and all those in affected areas. Stay safe and strong. God bless you all.

    Liked by 12 people

  13. Deb says:

    Such wise words. We all want to be able to help, thank you for helping those of us who are far away know what to do.

    I send much love from Wisconsin for Sharon, Sundance, and all the Treepers, especially our brother and sisters in the path of this storm. May God bless you and keep all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I love you all.

    Liked by 17 people

  14. rikster says:

    Sundance and Sharon – Even when you are by yourself you will not be alone. You will have the our thoughts and prayers with you. God Bless……………

    Liked by 17 people

  15. NJF says:

    Amen

    Most days I am so thankful to have found this place, especially after a post like this. Thank you SD & Sharon.

    God speed to everyone in Irma’s path.

    Liked by 24 people

  16. Texian says:

    Many Treepers have loved ones in the storm’s path.. communication is vitally important.. communication towers will go down. Please post when communications are lost, what area, and last known conditions.. there could be other Treepers with contacts in the same area that are still up, so please report.. that will help ease tensions for those of us intently watching, waiting and wondering about loved ones in the same area..

    Liked by 20 people

    • daizeez says:

      In this age of constant communications, it’s so hard when communications go down completely. You feel so isolated. But we can always communicate with God. He is what links us together. Love and prayers to everyone in the path of this storm.

      Liked by 7 people

  17. Pam says:

    Hope all of you that are in the path of this storm will do everything you can to hunker down and stay safe!

    Liked by 10 people

  18. Carole says:

    We Texans are tough. We made it through Harvey. Florida, be assured we know, we understand, we are here.

    Liked by 19 people

  19. georgiafl says:

    We’ve seen our red-haired cold anger lady many times, but this is the first time I’ve noticed The Cross in her hair.

    Liked by 26 people

  20. Just Scott says:

    A reminder for everyone: not only is Sundance doing God’s work, but in addition to his own preparations, he has been doing yeoman’s work keeping everyone updated on CTH.

    Find a button like this an use it! Keep our General Sundance supplied for the next battle!

    Liked by 20 people

  21. Cetera says:

    Love you, Sundance. Thanks for all you do for us, your national neighbors, and for all you do for your local neighbors too. Give them hugs, and handshakes, and maybe even some high fives, from all of us elsewhere.

    You, and they, are in my prayers.

    Liked by 16 people

  22. angieunderground says:

    I am praying for you too, and looking forward to your next post!

    Liked by 7 people

  23. Concerned Virginian says:

    You and all the people who will be affected by Irma are in my prayers and meditations.
    “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
    Nor of the arrow that flies by day;
    Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
    Nor of the destruction that lays waste at midday.
    Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
    Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
    No evil shall befall you,
    Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Ps.91)
    Will donate to the Red Cross and the SPCA today toward disaster relief.
    God be with you. Be strong.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Snow White says:

      Don’t donate to Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse is one of the best charities to donate because all your money goes towards the cause. Red Cross, let’s say their priorities are a bit different.

      Liked by 11 people

      • Sr.PegCJ says:

        Yes, Samaritan Purse is awesome! My favorite charity.

        Liked by 6 people

      • 5catzmom says:

        The Salvation Army is also an awesome relief organization.

        Liked by 3 people

      • ladypenquin says:

        The only thing we give to the Red Cross is blood. Long ago felt that they didn’t use the monies wisely. Huge overhead costs. There is a site called CharityNavigator.com which gives you info about charities. Now anyone who does give to the Red Cross, of course, don’t worry. especially in these special hurricane catastrophes, they are present and doing good works.

        Agree, Samaritan’s Purse is excellent.

        Like

      • Kathy says:

        SAMARITAN’s PURSE
        P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607
        (828) 262-1980 … https://www.samaritanspurse.org/
        Christian-spirited organization providing emergency supplies and disaster relief. Highly recommended by many readers of TCTH (the daughter of one Treeper works with them directly).
        ==========

        MERCY CHEFS
        4240 Portsmouth Blvd #402, Chesapeake, VA 23321
        (877) 746-9322 … https://mercychefs.com
        Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization. Sets up mobile kitchens, refrigerated trailers and teams of professional chefs on-site to plan, prepare and serve hot meals to emergency responders, etc.
        ==========

        SALVATION ARMY — DONATE BY MAIL:
        … Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
        … Please designate “Hurricane Irma” on all checks.
        DONATE BY PHONE: 1-800-SAL-ARMY …
        USA website = http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

        Liked by 2 people

  24. rsanchez1990 says:

    I love all y’all too. We’ll get through this!

    Liked by 13 people

  25. mariclaire81 says:

    My prayers are with all of you🙏

    Liked by 12 people

  26. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    Please be safe, Sundance and all here. I have a number of extended family members in FL whom I am concerned about. I pray for all in the path of this horrible storm. Thank you, Sundance, for all of your information, your posts, even as you are preparing for the storm yourself. God bless you for remaining there to help others. I pray for your safety.

    Liked by 17 people

  27. Don’t even know you and love you all and what you do so very much. May God keep and protect you all and every soul in FL.

    Liked by 21 people

  28. Abster says:

    Dear God, I just want to retreat to a corner and cry. Made it safely out of Florida and my pets and I are okay. Just start feeling sorry for myself today. I am oceanfront in Cocoa Beach and realize my entire home and belongings could be gone. Then I start thinking of all those who had to stay, elected to stay, all the wildlife and strays and remember how fortunate I am. God bless us all.

    Liked by 36 people

  29. Paul Killinger says:

    Very inspirational, my friend.

    All the best to everyone, SD. May God bless and keep y’all through this travail.

    Liked by 11 people

  30. Alison says:

    We will all pray for #ForidaStrong & a quick resolution to this extraordinary event. Together, with God’s blessings, we will get through this.

    I pray for God’s shield to protect Sundance.

    Liked by 12 people

  31. NickD says:

    I really need to dust around here…I just got a bunch in my eyes…

    Liked by 17 people

  32. Ivehadit says:

    WE LOVE YOU, SUNDANCE AND SHARON!!!
    xxxooo

    Liked by 17 people

  33. wolfmoon1776 says:

    PRESENT and PRAYING!

    Liked by 18 people

  34. BabyBoomer says:

    My heart and spirit will hold each of you affected by this storm. My prayers will not cease until I see you are here with us once again. My the Good Lord hold you safely in the palm of His hand.

    Liked by 13 people

  35. NHVoter says:

    Be safe and God bless.

    Liked by 9 people

  36. Laura says:

    I am relieved to hear SD is moving to higher ground. I know it will still be rough, but perhaps maybe he won’t be afloat now!

    Liked by 10 people

  37. magagirl says:

    We are praying for you, we love you ❤️🙏

    Liked by 11 people

  38. Scarlet says:

    Please be safe.

    Liked by 10 people

  39. Snow White says:

    Praying for everyone in the path of this monster, praying for safety and peace in the midst of the storm. Praying Psalm 91 for all people in FL and for you SD. God bless you and keep you safe.🙏🙏🙏

    Liked by 14 people

  40. Nikki/Chico says:

    God bless you all in Florida
    Sundance what a privilege, and honor, and blessing you are so all of us. God bless all our Treepers support people too

    Numbers 6:24-26New King James Version (NKJV)

    24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’

    ❤️🙏🏼🤝👪👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦👨‍👩‍👧👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👨‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👨‍👦‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👧‍👧👨‍👦‍👦👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👦👨‍👦

    Liked by 15 people

  41. ScarletTanager says:

    May God bless and protect you Sundance, as well as all the other Freepers and their loved ones who will be affected by this storm.

    Liked by 11 people

  42. deqwik2 says:

    Stay safe & our prayers will be with you !!

    Liked by 10 people

  43. wheatietoo says:

    Sundance, you do so much…for so many.
    Words of thanks seem insufficient to express the gratitude that you are due.

    Some people squander their strength on frivolous things.
    You use yours to stand in the breach…and help others…which is truly awesome.

    May God watch over you and protect you, as you look after others.
    May He replenish your strength as you expend it on your efforts to take care of those who need your help.

    You’re in our prayers, Sundance.
    We love you.
    Be safe.

    Liked by 23 people

  44. Honest Abbey says:

    Being Alone Can Be A Blessing, But Being Lonely Is A Curse.

    The internet has changed the way people interact. People who would otherwise be completely isolated from the world, now have a sense of feeling connected and they have happy social lives. I cross paths with these people every day and they are so grateful for their newly found freedom.

    Love and Prayers!
    ~Abbey~

    Liked by 15 people

  45. FofBW says:

    May God’s grace be with you and everyone in the storms path.

    Mat our faith be strengthened.

    Liked by 9 people

  46. Nikki/Chico says:

    One more, and sending prayers w/o ceasing for our loved ones in Florida 🌹

    Liked by 4 people

  47. IMO says:

    no worries Sundance we will be here holding down the fort hear from you soon.

    Liked by 4 people

  48. daizeez says:

    Know that we are thinking of you, even here up north, and always praying for you.

    Liked by 6 people

  49. Lion2017 says:

    Praying for God to protect everyone in the path of Irma. Stay strong! We are here for you.

    Liked by 5 people

  50. We will survive. We are Americans. This is what we do when facing danger. We come together and come out of Harm’s Way, stronger. May God keep all impacted by this storm under His wings. Love and Prayers from Northern Alabama

    Liked by 8 people

    • amwick says:

      Our President is a builder…That is his strength. Think about it.. A builder. We will survive, he will lead us…

      Liked by 2 people

      • georgiafl says:

        DONALD TRUMP has long been called the REVERSE TORNADO – he builds up and restores everything in his path.

        He restored/rebuilt the whole west side of NYC!!!

        Guess he can be the REVERSE HURRICANE too!!!!

        Liked by 1 person

        • ladypenquin says:

          I was just thinking how the previous president was simply an empty, yes, suit, but also nothing more than a photo-op president. He’d show up have his picture taken in the right place at the right time, and go back to his vacation. After that, he would just phone it in…

          President Trump is not about photo-ops. Everything he has done is for the well-being of those under his “care” – and get out of his way if you’re not for helping the people. (Which Ryan and McConnell found out this week.)

          Liked by 1 person

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