Lord who calms the storm, we pray for those anxiously watching weather forecasts, preparing for wind and rain, wondering if destruction will come yet again.
We think of our neighbors and friends in Puerto Rico, still reeling from the devastation of hurricane Maria. We ask you to strengthen them and move us to do what needs to be done to bring relief that is long overdue.
We feel so small in the face of nature’s powerful forces, but we know, Lord, that you never leave us alone. Surround all of those bracing for the storm with your abiding peace. Equip leaders and first responders with wisdom and courage. Empower those of us with the luxury of watching from afar with a compassion that spurs action, immediate and sustained.
Envelop us all with your Spirit that grants discernment, gives vision and motivates deeds of healing, wholeness and love in response to the suffering of others. Amen.