It looks like today may be more of a normal Saturday than I was expecting. I checked the 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, and we are no longer in the cone of possibility. Hurrah!
Of course, we may still get some heavy rain. We will now be on the dirty side of the storm, if there's a storm moving north. If we get enough rain for flooding, which often happens during heavy thunderstorms that last over an hour, we have sandbags.
Ten years ago, life would have been different. We'd have been in the condo that we still owned after the death of my spouse's mom in April, returning to our house to do hurricane clean up from Hurricane Katrina. Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina would have been coming ashore at New Orleans. And then, the levees broke, which did the true damage.
Happily, this week will be different for me. My hurricane prep is done, and does not require a lot of undoing--the sandbags can be stored as sandbags. Hopefully the storm will fall into tiny shreds that bring rain but not much destruction. Hopefully the island of Domenica, so far the worst hit, can recover quickly.
But let us also use this time to remember the lives lost with every storm. Let us remember those who will never return to their homes. Let us remember the homes that are gone forever.
Here's a prayer that I wrote for those preparing for storms and those recovering:
Creator God, who fashioned this astonishing planet of atmospheric swirls, help us remember the abundance that our habitat usually offers us. Be with those who work to protect their homes. Be with those who can never return. Be with those who suffer from fear and anxiety each time a storm gathers intensity. Remind us that you are with us, and help calm our fears.
feeling the feelings…
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