The smoke has faded from our valley up here in the mountains. We got some lungfuls of smoke yesterday when we ventured down into San Diego for the first time since the fires began last Sunday afternoon. But today clouds came into our town, rather than smoke.
Both families from Lake Murray who have been evacuated since Monday mornings are being allowed home last this afternoon. One family has been staying with family while the other stayed at Steele Canyon HIgh School's evacuation center which closed this afternoon as the last evacuees went back to their homes. We pray that there will be no damage at the Valleses' and Lehnerts' homes when they finally get back; they will also be without electricity, water, phones, or cell service for who knows how long once they survey any possible damage to their properties and homes. We'll find out tomorrow how they fared when we see them at church.
Today I've been curled up in my reading chair, finishing Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for tomorrow's Logos meeting at the Belseys' home after church where we will discuss it with a good-sized group. I hope. It's dense reading but sooooooo beautiful; I am in awe of her every sentence. This work won the Pulitzer for non-fiction in 1975, and her craftsmanship is impeccable. I'll write a little more about the idea of "pilgrims" and "pilgrimages" that I've prepared for tomorrow's discussion.
Blessings to you all from a VERY BUSY San Diego County. It's been a frightening, worrisome, sad, and smoky week here in the county surrounding "America's Finest City." We "mourn with those who mourn [lost their homes and businesses] and rejoice with those who rejoice [whose homes were saved]," and pray for all this week. And God bless the thousands of firefighters who saved so many homes this week in San Diego and its outlying areas.