In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I hope you are praying for those affected. I am one of the lucky ones (the worst we got here in central Virginia was clouds, some wind and a little rain), who wasn’t so lucky last summer when we were hit by the straight-line windstorm on June 29th – our power was out for 5 days in 100-degree weather, and some in our town didn’t have their electricity restored for two weeks. Now the suffering is to the north of us. Blogger Russ Rentler of Crossed the Tiber reports from Pennsylvania that his area has no power, and the same can be said for thousands of households in the affected area. As someone who greatly appreciated the prayers offered for us last summer, some thoughts on who we can pray for:
– Pray for the injured, the dying, those who love them and those who are caring for them.
– Pray for all those whose homes, neighborhoods, schools, and places of work and worship have been damaged.
– Pray for the workers who are trying to restore power, for the volunteers who are trying to help the victims, and for their families who are making do without them for a while.
– Pray for the churches, that they may be the hands of Christ to many as they open their doors and offer assistance.
– Pray for the business owners, that the storm damage and loss of power might not negatively affect their honest efforts to do business, and for their employees, that this event might not cause them economic difficulties as their employer struggles. Pray also that business owners not affected by the storm may resist any temptation to dishonestly profit from the misery of their fellowman.
– Pray for the children.
And on this commemoration of All Souls, pray for all those who lost their lives in the Caribbean, in the U.S. and in Canada. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.