As a child growing up in Oregon I lived through a windstorm strong enough to tear the roofs off buildings, and a flood rapid enough to move homes from their foundations, I can only imagine how devastated many citizens in the wake of hurricane Sandy feel today.
In years past I traveled to New York City and I can’t fathom the Big Apple without its subway system. Nor can I understand the dilemma of a friend’s grandparents who are trapped n their home in New Jersey, safe, but isolated. My heart broke when I watched media clips of those one hundred and eleven homes burning to the ground in Queens, leaving countless numbers of families homeless. To say life on the East coast is being lived one day at a time would be an understatement.
It’s easy to feel helpless when tragedies like these strike. Compassion for the loss seems so useless when you are on the other side of the continent. Yet God has given us the spirit of power and truth in His gift of prayer. In James 5:16 (NKJV) we are told to pray, confessing our trespasses, that we, and those around us, might be healed. “The effective prayers of a righteous man avails much.”
Won’t you join me in praying for those who suffer in the aftermath of the storm, for the restoration of their homes, for the return to normalcy, for God’s comfort of peace?
Free Book Giveaway
Want to win a free book? A blogging friend and critique partner, Karen Barnett, is hosting a free book giveaway now through November 9, 2012. All you have to do is log into her blog and leave a comment about your sister or sisters. The book to be given away is The Bride Wore Blue by one of my favorite authors of historical fiction, Mona Hodgson.
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Enjoy the contest and don’t forget to vote on November 6th!