A Prayer After The Storm
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.
Martie Hevia (c) 2012 – All Rights Reserved
Superstorm Sandy Resources
- Affected States’ Superstorm Sandy Emergency Information Websites: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia
- Superstorm Sandy Google Crisis Map: http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy | Locate Red Cross shelters and recovery centers; power outage areas and information; traffic conditions; weather radar; live-feed webcams and videos; public alerts and evacuation routes; and other useful information.
- Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts (Videos)
Superstorm Sandy Charitable Giving Websites
Before you donate, especially to an unfamiliar charity, check the charitable organization’s status on these websites that offer information on how specific organizations spend the money you give them. These three websites offer great tips on how to give smartly to reputable organizations. To protect yourself and make your dollar count, check them out before you give: Charity Navigator; CharityWatch; and/or GuideStar.