(Reprinted from the Sept. 2 email to the Trinity Family)
This is a prayer that Pastor Stuart read at the end of our Disaster Preparedness Team meeting earlier today. It was written by Rev. Lee Roy Pittard, UM Pastor at Harker's Island UMC and is an amazing reminder for us as Dorian approaches.
Holy Creator God, You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory.
We bow before You, Lord, humbled by the wonder of Your Creation.
Lord, in particular our eyes have become transfixed on the power of the storm out at sea.
Too fresh in our memories is last year’s Florence, many among us, yet to complete recovery from it—homes still tarped, damage still being repaired, emotions and spirits still on edge.
Lord, for those we pray an extra helping of Your grace, Your strength, Your peace.
Lord, we pray for those who have already been impacted by Dorian, particularly those in the Bahamas that endured the full force of its power.
We pray that where there has been injury, that Your healing touch might be felt.
We pray that where there has been loss, Your comfort might embrace them.
We pray that where destruction has taken place, You might send the hands, feet, and strength to rebuild.
Lord, we pray for all of those who are in the possible path of this storm, and Lord, we pray that You might just remove any fear and replace it with the confident assurance of Your Presence.
While You, O God, have blessed us with the technology to see what’s coming so that we might have warning that others in years past never had, and while we might need to pay attention, keep us from becoming so concentrated on the storm that we take our focus off of You.
Help us live as people of hope…hope in You, living with the assurance that You will either still the storm or give us the strength to endure it.
Help us live with the assurance that we will not be alone…help us remember that when Peter kept his eyes fixed on Christ, He was able to walk on the water in the midst of the storm…only when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused instead on the storm did he start to sink.
Keep our eyes upon You, O God.
Help us trust in You rather than fear the storm.
Father, we pray that You give us wisdom in our preparations, safe travel to those who evacuate, safe-keeping for those who ‘’hunker-down,” and strength to those who are and will respond.
All our hope is in You…in the powerful Name of Jesus we pray...Amen.