A Hurricane Prayer

A Prayer in the Storm

God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the wind and the waves were born.

The seasons follow your plan, and the tides rise and fall on your command. In both calm and storm, you are with us.

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On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him.

Creator God, we ask you to calm the wind and the waves of the approaching hurricane, and spare those in its path from harm. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days.

In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety.

Amen.

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James Balma
5 years 2 months ago
Amen
Bill Mazzella
5 years 2 months ago
The awesomeness of the universe is out front in such events. Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth.
5 years 2 months ago
Beautiful prayer.  I recommend it be prayed linked to Terrence Freitheim’s “Creation Untamed.” The prayer satisfies the soul, Freitheim’s work satisfies  the mind. It’s the best attempted  explanation I ever read tackling the “how” and “why” of natural disasters, like hurricanes. Most importantly, please say the prayer.
John Lindner
5 years 2 months ago
Thanks for this prayer. I also lift up in thanks and prayer U.S. Catholics who through Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities are responding the needs of people in the Caribbean and here at home who've been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. May God continue to bless you in your very practical compassion.
Laurie Cochran
5 years 2 months ago
Thank you for this beautiful prayer for ALL the storms we face. 

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