Sometimes, there really are no words — no adequate words anyway — to describe a given set of circumstances.
The flooding in Houston stemming from Hurricane Harvey is one of those times.
"It's catastrophic, unprecedented, epic — whatever adjective you want to use," National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Blood told the Houston Chronicle, describing the 29 inches of rain unleashed on the nation's fourth-largest city.
At times such as these, journalists — particularly local ones such as the Chronicle staff — play such a vital role in keeping their hard-hit communities informed and helping them rally and recover.
Forgive me for saying so (because I know it's a cliché to do so), but my thoughts and prayers are with the countless reporters and photographers putting their own lives on hold to dedicate themselves to their friends and neighbors. Yes, I know they are not alone (think first responders and other public servants on the front lines), but the news media's heroic efforts should not be ignored. We can save discussions of "fake news" and media bias in coverage of politics and social issues for another day.
I read today's Chronicle with an eye toward pointing out any faith angles that I came across.