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.

Advertisement

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.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
James Balma
5 years ago
Amen
Bill Mazzella
5 years 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 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 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 ago
Thank you for this beautiful prayer for ALL the storms we face. 

Advertisement
More: Prayer

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

“To love the poor means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material."
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 19, 2017
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago speaks Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life could be helpful as the church grapples with issues like migration, health care and even taxes, some bishops say.
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 17, 2017
Giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany in April 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
“What we need to do is just continue to live out the challenge of ‘Laudato Si’,’ which is to examine our relationship with the earth, with God and with each other to see how we can become better stewards of this gift of the earth.”
Kevin ClarkeNovember 17, 2017
Hipsters love the authentic, the craft and the obscure—which is exactly why Catholicism, in its practices and its aesthetic, is perfectly suited for them.
Zac DavisNovember 17, 2017