As Long Island braces for another perfect storm, residents are inundating stores stocking up on supplies, but for Catholics, as well as any Christian, a prayer offers comfort, especially to small children when said as a family.
Other than purchasing essentials and preparing the home for the worst by tying down and putting away Halloween decorations or any other object that may become a projectile in 80 mph winds, the only thing left to do is wait for “Frankenstorm” to hit and pray for a positive outcome.
Prayer will soothe anxiety of the unknown and give it back to He who does know. Hurricanes are a violent act of nature and the effects can be devastating. They are unpredictable and can veer off the predicted course, lose or gain strength and are extremely dangerous.
The power of prayer can alleviate the worry of when, how or if property will be lost and damaged or worse yet, lives lost. Small children may be very afraid of thunder, lightening, flooding, and loud and damaging wind. Praying together as a family to ask God to keep you safe will help kids get through the difficult hours while Hurricane Sandy hits Long Island.
Prayer will offer a little serenity to a scary time and bring the family unit tighter and keep minds active if power is lost. Since Hurricane Sandy is a large storm with the potential of converging with another system and arctic air that may linger for days, it will feel as if you are on a journey waiting for it to end, therefore “The Prayer for a Safe Journey”, which was altered slightly may be fitting during this time.
Lord, be our guide and protector on the journey we are about to take. Watch over us. Protect us from accidents and the damaging effects of Hurricane Irene. Keep us free from harm to body and soul. Lord, support us with Your grace when we are tired and scared. Help us be patient in any trouble, which may come our way. Keep us always mindful of Your presence and love, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~Philippians 4:6
Hurricane Sandy evacuation plans have not yet been set in motion for Nassau County residents, however County Executive Edward Mangano is urging residents to be prepared according to the official website. God Bless, be safe and repeat the above prayer together as a family to endure the perfect storm.
Source: Priests of the Sacred Heart
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