Saturday, June 30, 2012
We had a terrible storm last night. We had one the night before that felt bad until we had something worse to compare it to! We were actually lucky where we live. The storm didn't do much damage right here in our community except for some minor road flooding.
However, one of my friends called me to tell me they were hit pretty bad and she doubts any of them will be in church tomorrow. She and her family all live on the same land. She had to drive out about 10 miles to find a friend with a working phone. Many of the roads are blocked by fallen trees and they have no phone or electricity. Because they have no electricity they also have no water - well pump is out. Her son-in-law managed to get out and find a generator to buy. Most of the stores were out of them. They wanted to provide some power for the air conditioner. Her husband is home on hospice and she wanted to try to give him some comfort since it is in the high 90s here and won't be any better tomorrow. They were lucky that none of them were hurt in the storm.
I really never used to mind heavy thunderstorms until we took a direct hit from lightening a couple of years ago. Now I pray when I am frightened of the storms. I keep remembering the disciples in the boat in the middle of the storm. Jesus told them not to worry and I keep thinking of that in the midst of the storms here. I pray that everyone will be safe.
There is a prayer in the Evening Prayer service in the Book of Common prayer from which I always take comfort. When I was still working in the sleep lab on night shift we had it posted on our tech wall. It's really quite beautiful and I'd like to share it. "Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for you love's sake. Amen"
I wish you all a safe night.