It is a much-used phrase but very appropriate at La Posada Providencia this week. Yesterday, as was the case for much of Texas, La Posada lost power due to the mighty winter storm that has wreaked havoc across the upper, middle, and Southern United States. The entire town of San Benito has been without power since yesterday. The gas stations, grocery stores, and Walmart stores are closed. However, one nearby Jack in the Box and gas station was open, allowing Sister Thérèse Cunningham to buy some hot coffee for clients. As you might imagine, the lines are very long.
Fortunately, there is plenty of food at La Posada, and clients are making do with sandwiches and other cold food choices as our cooking options are minimal. The clients are handling a challenging and very unfamiliar situation well.
The temperatures have been unusually low for the area; currently, 32 degrees and 23 degrees this morning. For many in the United States, cold weather with extremely low temperatures is just part of winter. Still, for the lower Rio Grande Valley, this winter event is significant. Not only are the residents not prepared, but businesses and public utilities are not structured for these extreme temperatures.
It will be a gradual return to normal; water companies are urging conservation as the electric companies work to restore power.
Please send prayers for La Posada clients, staff and all the communities suffering from the results of the harsh winter.