This weekend the entire state of Florida, parts of Georgia and perhaps South Carolina are preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Dorian. At the time of the writing there are predictions this could become a category 3 and possible category 4 storm.
Presbyterian Disaster assistance is preparing to assist the presbyteries of Florida. PDA has been in touch with the Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network (FLAPDAN), which is a mutually agreed upon partnership between six presbyteries in Florida. This is a unique platform in which PDA can relate to all six presbyteries at once for disaster situational awareness.
Let us remember in prayer all those in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the awaiting for the storm and aftermath and the distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion.
We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature’s fury as well as those whose lives are or could be changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and reflection that come.
We are thankful for the generous grace of days of preparation; for the wise counsel of experts and the generous collaboration of so many communities,
that in the face of the storm kept many out of harm’s way, and lessened the effects of wind and water on others.
At the same time, we open ourselves to hear the stories of those for whom the Hurricane will not be or was not a near miss: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed or at the least significantly disrupted.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are facing the storm; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs that will emerge in the wake of the storm.
Grant calm and strength for those who are preparing for the hurricane over the next days. Keep all safe from the winds that rage and rains that flood.
In these days of anticipation, fear, relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You.
In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen.
Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.