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Will the Galveston seawall stand…will we?

September 12, 2008

In 1900 Galveston, Texas experienced the deadliest natural disaster to ever strike the United States. It was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall on September 8, 1900. Following that storm in 1902-1904 a team of experts built a seawall in Galveston. To date it has never been overtopped by a storm surge. The seawall is 10 miles long, 17 feet high, and 16 feet thick at its base. It has been recognized both as a national historic place and an engineering landmark.

I am watching the reports with a strange sense of anticipation to see if the seawall holds. The seawall engineer, George W. Boschke was my great, great, great uncle. He risked his life and his career on that wall. Today, just over a century later, another deadly storm is approaching almost the same exact spot the storm in 1900 landed. Lives are threatened and property will be damaged. Will the work that went into strengthening the foundation and building a protection stand against the surge that is about to hit it?

We also build a foundation and a protection in our lives. When storms and storm surges hit us we also are left with the question, will our foundations and walls stand? Will we survive the storms and surges and if so, will we damaged? The answers depend on what we build our foundations on, and how strong we make them. We may think we have made Christ or God as our foundation, but have we reinforced it through investing in the relationship, studying the truths, and reshaping our beliefs?

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Delany permalink
    September 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    This is really cool that your great, great, great uncle was the Galveston sea wall engineer. Keep building upon the foundation of Christ through writing and pouring your life into others.

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