I HAVE BEEN A LIFELONG RESIDENT of New Orleans, and my wife and I have lived in our home in the Lakeview neighborhood for 25 years. We have always stayed in our home when hurricanes have threatened the city, and we did the same for Hurricane Katrina. Our staying was not an act of stubbornness, but based on past experiences of being cared for and protected by God.

The night before and the morning of the hurricane, I spent a lot of time praying and reading from the Bible and Science and Health. From childhood, my mother taught me the importance of prayer, of trusting in God to meet our needs. Throughout my life—as a child, in school, and in business—God has been there as an ever-present help in all areas of my life.

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