September 14, 2018
Over the course of the last few days, I've heard from many of you who have family, friends, and very happy memories in the Carolinas and Georgia. I've heard your deep and heartfelt concern for the people in the way of Hurricane Florence as well as people in the way of Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Philippines. So today I share with you this prayer that the Diocese of Virginia sent out yesterday in hopes that you might find it helpful. A Prayer for Safe Passage through the Storm God our creator, in the beginning your Spirit moved over the face of the waters; the wind blew, and the waves of the ocean were stirred. We ask you now to calm the wind and waves of Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut, as Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Enable those in the path of the storm to reach safety, and spare them from all harm. Strengthen emergency workers and stay with them as they respond in threatening situations. Give courage and hope to those who are most vulnerable, especially the poor who have few resources, the elderly and infirm, and all who are alone. Fulfill your promise and be with us when we pass through the waters, so that they will not overwhelm us. All this we ask in the Name of the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ. Amen.
See you Sunday, Kelly