Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not." Little Bear
My 13th Great Grandfather who weathered the storm
There's nothing so humbling as having men from a shelter come help move some heavy shelving into our garage because we have so much stuff it has oozed out into hard to navigate blobs. We are stuffed with stuff. There is so much that we need to do a better job organizing, moving it around, sorting all our junk so that it won't swallow our grandchildren whole when they go out there to play. These men have so little and know what is essential for them to weather the contrary weather in their lives. They've come through storms of brokenness, addiction, homelessness. I stand in awe of them.
The settlers from Plymouth to Jamestown, and all the colonists faced the need for meeting the basic needs, safety, shelter and sustenance to survive the early years. Many, many died from attack, disease, and starvation, a few even resorting to cannibalism (that's what you call it when a wife disappears and the husband come out looking well fed). More would have died if not for individual Indians like Squanto and Pocohantas who brought food. A few short years later, times were better. In mid-August of 1630, the haying was nearly done and the rest of the harvest would be ready in a few short weeks. Suddenly a horrible wind came followed by a storm surge and waves twenty feet tall through Boston, twice. Indians clung to tops of trees while many were swept away. Great swathes of trees snapped like toothpicks or were blown down. Their houses lost roofs or collapsed. Several ships at sea were lost. The ship the Angel Gabriel was torn apart on the rocks and miraculously most on board were rescued. Mather wrote
The colonists had never seen a hurricane, didn't know what to call it. Not even the Indians had seen any thing like it. Though everything they had brought with them to the New World was lost, the people saved from the ship were grateful to come away with their lives. Now scientists know it was one of the largest on record in history for that far north. The colonists had to weather the weather together. They had to depend upon the One who created such forces of nature as the big wind.