Lord, as we watch the storm grow and listen to the calls for evacuations we pray for those preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Florence. Our concern deepens for those who are already vulnerable. We pray for those living paycheck to paycheck for whom days without work or purchasing supplies is a real hardship and no mere inconvenience. We ask particular care for our brothers and sisters who are sick, elderly or disabled. Lift up friends, neighbors and Good Samaritans to step in and step up for your children already on the margins of our society.
We ask your protection and strength for all those in positions of leadership making difficult decisions and for the many mobilized helpers who will go wherever they are sent. We give thanks for all those who put their lives on the line to save others.
As we anticipate the worst and hope for the best, not knowing for sure what the impact of this storm will be, we trust that you, Lord of all Creation, will be with us, our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. May our reliance on you compel us to help one another, not only in the face of Hurricane Florence, but daily and always. Amen.
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