Bad Storms

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.
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  • NAVYMOM133
    That's a beautiful prayer! I am glad you made it safely through that round of storms. The weather is just getting progressively more intense, scary.
    3303 days ago
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    I have loved that prayer for many years, Kathy -- and I'm glad you're safe in the storms. Good analogy of how the Lord keeps us safe while the world experiences turmoil all around us.

    We lost power for about ten minutes that night -- no major problems, and it helped remind me of DAYS-long power outages when I was growing up in central NYS. Candle light is rather pretty, even with thunder accompanying it.

    Count the blessings, and the problems seem to vanish into the distance.

    Enjoy the summer!

    3310 days ago
    I'm glad your friend and her family were spared. I hope things get back to normal quickly.
    3311 days ago
    We are without power here in Ohio, and according to the power company it could be as long as next Sunday before it's restored. Unfortunately where there is no power, there is no water as luckily I had some on hand, and until we can get to the store, we are using it sparingly. I'm glad your friend is ok, and was able to get a generator, ours was on the fritz and we thought about getting a new one, but they were all sold out within the first 30minutes of the store opening...thankfully I got the other one up and running. Stay safe, and I hope everything works out for you and your friends.
    3312 days ago
    Thank you for the prayer, it truly is beautiful and needful too.
    3312 days ago
  • COCHESE321
    Storm warnings here, too.

    Love that prayer.
    3312 days ago
    Big storms here in Virginia, too.
    3312 days ago
  • MAGA99
    more storms coming
    I pray ur firnds r making out ok
    3312 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your storms. I live in Tornado Alley, so I am familiar with the damage that can be done by Mother Nature. Thanks for sharing the prayer--so nice and comforting to know exactly who's got our backs.

    3312 days ago
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