My heart aches for hundreds of thousands of people this morning. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is wide spread along the eastern seaboard of the US.
As you go about your daily life today offer up a prayer.
Many have lost everything in this storm, including a much loved member of their family.
There will be many with no home to return to. Once the storm is over they will find a ruin which once was a place of safety, comfort, and family.
I know the feelings and emotions they will have. The overwhelming feeling of loss and briefly feel their life is over. Tornadoes in Oklahoma are my experience.
Thousands will be without electricity. Those whose homes were spared. The daily comforts will be gone. A warm house, a hot shower, worry over food in their refrigerators and freezers, no coffee or tea. Stumbling around in a darkened familiar house that has become foreign to them.
Hospitals and nursing homes will have an influx of patients as they take in those from facilities flooded or where generators have failed.
Family members will squabble with each other as each of them come to terms with what they face.
There are many who live safely away from the devastation but are now faced with being jobless or just unable to get to work because much of the public transit has been shut down.
Raise a prayer of hope and comfort to all who are dealing with fear and hopelessness today.
Contact your local Salvation Army and ask how you can help. Gently used clothing, coats, shoes. Kitchen goods, i.e. pots and pans, dishes, cups, drinking glasses, tableware, and cooking utensils. You will be given a general list of things you can donate.
I must confess about a bit of selfishness. When I heard the news of the force heading to the east coast my thoughts went to my crafting friends and suppliers of goodies. I prayed each would be unscathed and remain whole so I could watch tutorial videos on YouTube they create or hunt their websites for my next “Must Have” item.
So with my heart heavy and my head hanging in a bit of shame I offer a prayer to all whose lives are now shaken and turned upside down.