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Before the Storm: For Hurricane Florence

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 by Alden No Comments

Hurricane Florence is headed the Carolina and Virginia coast. The monster storm is predicted to make landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

Before the Storm
G-d of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
The Hurricane Florence approaches,
A tribute to the force of creation,
Your power and might.

What chaos will blow with the wind?
What destruction will strike?
Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?

G-d of mystery and awe,
Grant us safety as Florence engulfs our homes and our lives.
Protect us. Shield us. Guard us.
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the tools and skills they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall — the wind, the rain and the tides —
And with kinship and cooperation when the hurricane passes.

G-d of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch us through the night,
For comfort, security and wellbeing,
So that we may serve You in love.

© 2018 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

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Postscript: This is a revision of a prayer written for Hurricane Isaac. After the storm, see “Safety After Violent Weather,” a version of “After the Storm” revised in the wake of Hurricane Irene. My other weather safety prayers include: “In Devastation,” “For First Responders,” “After the Tornadoes” “Safety After Violent Weather” and “After the Storm.”

Please check out my ELItalk video, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. For reprint permissions and usage guidelines and reprint permissions, see “Share the Prayer!” To receive my latest prayers via email, please subscribe (on the home page). You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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As Hurricane Irma Swirls

Posted on: September 10th, 2017 by Alden No Comments

Remembering our Key West years, where Ami z”l and I were married and Nikki was born, wondering what will survive. In 1984, Richard A. Heyman, z”l, the first openly-gay mayor, whom we worked to help elect, named Nikki “The Conch Republic’s Baby Ambassador to the World.” Bill Huckel, z”l, then-editor of the Solares Hill, published my short stories with illustrations by Ami. Remembering also that Ami was a first responder after Hurricane Andrew. She flew to Florida on the first flight out from Chicago and hitchhiked to Miami to volunteer with the Red Cross, where she worked as an intake coordinator. Here’s a new prayer “As Hurricane Irma Swirls.”

As Hurricane Irma Swirls
God of All,
Watch over everyone in the path of Irma.

We pray for the people of Barbuda, Cuba,
And all the victims of this storm.
Grant them solace, comfort and consolation,
Blessing and renewal.
May a world of justice, righteousness and mercy
Come swiftly to their aid.

We pray for the people of Florida
Grant them safety as the tempest
Engulfs their homes and their lives.
Protect them. Shield them. Guard them.

God of All,
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the resources they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall,
And with kinship and cooperation when the storm passes.

G-d of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch over us through the night.
See us through the aftermath,
And watch over us in the days ahead.

Blessed are You, our Rock and our Shelter.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s a prayer for “Safety during a Hurricane” and one “For Houston.”

Please check out my ELItalk video, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. For reprint permissions and usage guidelines and reprint permissions, see “Share the Prayer!” To receive my latest prayers via email, please subscribe (on the home page). You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Safety during a Hurricane

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by tobendlight No Comments

img_0708This is a prayer for safety to be said as a hurricane approaches, as well as during the storm. Use the blank line to fill in the name of the storm. Here’s a prayer to be said after the storm passes called “Safety After Violent Weather.”

Safety During a Hurricane
G-d of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
Hurricane____________,
A tribute to the force of creation,
Your power and might.

What chaos will blow with the wind?
What destruction will strike?
Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?

G-d of mystery and awe,
Grant us safety as the storm
Engulfs our homes and our lives.
Protect us. Shield us. Guard us .
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the tools and skills they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall — the wind, the rain and the tides —
And with kinship and cooperation when the hurricane passes.

G-d of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch us through the night,
For comfort, security and well-being,
So that we may serve You in love.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: This prayer was first posted as “Before the Storm” on February 1, 2011, and was modified and reposted for Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012. My other weather safety prayers include: “In Devastation,” “For First Responders,” “After the Tornadoes” “Safety After Violent Weather” and “After the Storm.” I used the prayer “For First Responders (to the Earthquake in Haiti)” as the inspiration for a prayer called “Memorial Prayer for 9-11 First Responders.”

Please check out my ELItalk video, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. For reprint permissions and usage guidelines and reprint permissions, see “Share the Prayer!” To receive my latest prayers via email, please subscribe (on the home page). You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Before the Storm: For Hurricane Isaac

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by tobendlight No Comments

Hurricane Isaac is headed toward New Orleans seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit, also in late August. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. For those who’ve already experienced Isaac, see “Safety After Violent Weather,” a version of “After the Storm” revised in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Before the Storm
G-d of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
The storm [Hurricane Isaac] approaches,
A tribute to the force of creation,
Your power and might.

What chaos will blow with the wind?
What destruction will strike?
Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?

G-d of mystery and awe,
Grant us safety as the tempest [this storm][Isaac] engulfs our homes and our lives.
Protect us. Shield us. Guard us.
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the tools and skills they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall [the wind, the rain and the tides]
And with kinship and cooperation when the storm [hurricane] passes.

G-d of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch us through the night,
For comfort, security and wellbeing,
So that we may serve You in love.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Thanks to friend and supporter Brenda Epstein for suggesting that I post a prayer about Hurricane Isaac. My other weather safety prayers include: “In Devastation,” “For First Responders,” “After the Tornadoes” “Safety After Violent Weather” and “After the Storm.” I used the prayer “For First Responders (to the Earthquake in Haiti)” as the inspiration for a prayer called “Memorial Prayer for 9-11 First Responders.” This prayer was first posted on February 1, 2011.

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