There's a whole lotta noise about the national day of prayer coming up soon. I personally disagree with it, but am happy to just ignore it until it passes. I do, however, understand the criticism. It hardly seems appropriate for the leader of the free world to...oh, nevermind. I really, truly don't care.

The arguments I am reading for and against it have prompted me to share a little story, though.

There is a couple in Denver right now, husband named Joe, wife's name I didn't catch. Some guy from the Denver VOA got Frontier to donate 20 seats on a flight, and he flew down to the Superdome and grabbed the first 20 people he could who were willing to come to Denver. So here they are.

My mother-in-law spent the other day with this couple. She drove them around the city, helping them look for a neighborhood to move to, get to some places where Joe thought he might be able to apply for a job, took them to lunch for some red beans and rice that they'd been craving desperately, and got them out to the ARC to use the $20 gift certificate they'd been given for clothing.

The were a very nice, very angry couple.

They were obviously still frustrated and traumatized by their stay in the Superdome. They were happy to be away from it, but upset that they had not received any sort of financial help at all. They, of course, are being housed and fed by the VOA, but they have not had one dime in their pockets since they left. With nothing but a gift certificate to a thrift store, they are expected to navigate their way through a city they've never been to before, buy clothes that will be suitable for a job interview (if you've ever been to an ARC, you know what a challenge this will be), and try to contact family members left behind.

Of course, they had not at this point heard that $2,000 cards were being given out to survivors. Not that it helps much, since people who have gotten out have to wait for a check to be mailed to them.

So, my mother-in-law bought them lunch, gave them what cash she had in her pocket, and sent them on their way. I imagine she will be volunteering to help them out again, and I am interested to see how they're doing. I wish them all them luck in the world.

And I wish that, instead of a day of prayer, there would be a day of cutting checks. I think Joe and his wife would be a bit more grateful for that.