Monday morning and Houston Zen Center remains high and dry. We have offered shelter to any and all who need it. The problem is that it is impossible to get across town. No one is driving because all roads soon dead end in flooded areas. I walked the temple dog a couple of miles, trying to get to Buffalo Bayou, but couldn't get past I-10, which is flooded and closed. The same is true in all directions.
We are extremely fortunate that our buildings and neighborhood are safe and dry. The streets flooded yesterday but are relatively clear today.
Many people have asked if they can make donations for the benefit of those in need and we would be honored to accept donations and pass them on appropriately. We served this function after Hurricane Katrina and found recipients among the New Orleans residents who had been evacuated to Houston.
I'd like to share a poem with you, written by one of our members, Jeremy Rutledge, who is a Baptist minister. He has moved out of Houston for health reasons, but, as you can see in the poem, has a deep bond with this big city.
I will keep you informed, and I am very grateful that you hold us in mind and send your loving thoughts our way.
Abbot Gaelyn Godwin