Today is the 2nd morning after Hurricane Sandy. There is devastation all around us, yet it does not come near to this family. There are many who are trying to begin the monumental task of putting their lives back to order. There are many who have lost everything like the people from Queens whose homes (80 of them) burned to the ground leaving nothing but cinders and charred trees. How ironic to flee for your life from homes overcome by floods of record breaking proportions, only to watch sparks from a transformer ignite first one home, then another as they burn and leave nothing but the charred remains of a life remembered.
I've heard that Fire Island may now be 2 islands. I have heard no word of whether or not those who refused to evacuate there have survived.
Some people on Long Island (like Long Beach) find themselves unable to drink or bathe because their water is contaminated with sewage.
Schools are still closed today and shelters may see even more coming for shelter tonight as temperatures dip to low 40s. Without power that is very cold. West Virginia and Pennsylvania are dealing with snow. I heard this morning that the best case scenario for people without power is that they may not get any for a minimum of 7-10 days. Many businesses are closed and the subway tunnels are flooded witth salt water. Railway lines are washed out and miles of track need to be checked. Flights have been cancelled. Wall Street closed for a record setting 2 days. Traffic lights are not working and I heard this morning of a 20 yr old man killed as he rode his motorcycle through an intersection. Yesterday New Jersey's governor said there were parts of his state he could not even inspect by helicopter because he was told there was just no place to land. At least one hospital evacuated newborns as they carried them down 19 floors of steps while hand respirating them. Trees that are older than the people who had them have come crashing down into the middle of their homes.
We give thanks to our heavenly Father from whom comes all good gifts. We are safe. We are His sheep. We are not lost, but found. Please pray for those who are frightened and hurting. Invite God into this terrible scene. He won't go where He is not wanted, but then that's where we (those who know Him intimately) come in. God is calling you to pray for the helpless, who either cannot or will not pray for themselves. Pray for them as if they were family and dearly loved. This could be you.
Take to heart God's words from 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."
It is a high calling - an honor and a responsibility that we should not ignore. Pray, dear Reader! Pray as if this were you. And one day, it could be.............