Sorry for the lack of posts. I have continued to say either morning or evening prayer the last several days, but of course our time and attention has been on Hurricane Michael. I am heartbroken to see the way-too-familiar pictures and videos as they have been coming in today. In Ft. Walton Beach we were spared with some power outages and TS winds. My church was perfectly fine, always a concern as we sit right on the Santa Rosa Sound. The ducks are swimming on our back drive way.
My only words for the one clergy person in Panama City I was able to reach was simply this – you will be in shock. Your mind will not be able to take it all in. You have to take time to process, take care of yourself as you try to find all your parishioners, and know that as bad as it is, there is help coming.
This prayer from Compline tonight is helpful, at least to me:
O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen