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A Prayer After The Storm

2012-October-31
By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

Our Father… who art in heaven, in the cosmos, in the universe, in us, among us, in the spaces in between…

Abba, Bara’, Holy Mary, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Yahweh, Jehovah, Ktizo, Spirits, Saints, Prophets, Mother Earth, Ancestors… and all the others to whom we pray… regardless of our religion, lack of religion, or spiritual orientation…

I ask you take a moment to listen to my prayer and to the millions of like-minded prayers and thoughts in these minutes after midnight, in these hours after the storm, in the aftermath of such tragedy.

I ask you to listen tonight, because I know you don’t always listen when we pray… at least it feels that way at times. Don’t let tonight be one of those times.

I ask you to give strength to the mothers and the fathers who have lost their homes and are trying to be brave for each other, as they try to find a way to care for and comfort their children.

I ask you to inspire neighbors to reach out to each other, checking on and caring for the more vulnerable amongst them.

I ask you to blanket the devastated communities and neighborhoods with hope.

I ask you to protect all those who put themselves in harm’s way in the service of others.

I ask you to bless the souls of all those who died and console those who love them.

I ask you to give those in positions of power the wisdom to make all the right decisions for all the right reasons, bringing the assistance needed to those who need it as soon as possible.

And I ask you to minimize the death and destruction, the sadness and the pain, the despair and the desperation, the helplessness and the hopelessness that may lie ahead.

All these things I ask you tonight.

Amen.

-Martie




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Superstorm Sandy Resources

Superstorm Sandy Charitable Giving Websites


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  • Go to the Salvation Army’s blog or donate $10 by texting the word STORM to 80888 on your mobile device.
  • Go to the CDP (Center for Disaster Philanthropy) Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund to donate.
  • Go to AmeriCares Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid Organization for information on their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and ways to donate.
  • Go to the New York City Food Bank or donate by texting the word FBNYC to 50555 on your mobile device.
  • Animals & Pets

  • Go to the ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy’s Relief Efforts for ways to donate and help storm-affected pets and animals.
  • Go to the Humane Society’s Disaster Relief Fund page for information on pet-friendly shelters and ways to donate.
  • International

  • Go to the Save the Children website for ways to help in their domestic and international relief efforts post-Hurricane Sandy.
  • Go to the World Vision website for information and ways to help in their their domestic and international relief efforts.
  • Go to the International Medical Corps’ Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Efforts to get information and find ways to help.
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