Hurricane Irma has caused devastation across the Caribbean and America’s East Coast. It was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to make landfall in the state of Florida since Wilma in 2005. It has left parts of the Caribbean, like St Thomas, flattened. Boris Johnson was talking this week of “First World War style devastation”.
So, Country Squire Readers, whilst wishing You a wonderful Sunday, I would ask that You remember these islanders in your prayers. Also, those on the mainland of both American continents who suffered in the storms that have hit them this hurricane season.
Here is a prayer to assist You and assist them:
In the communion of Christ, we are joined with the trials and sufferings of all.
Be with those who endure the effects of hurricane Irma.
Reveal your love and hope in the midst of the suffering.
Protect those in the path of danger.
Open the pathway of evacuation.
Provide assistance to those who need help.
Help loved ones to find one another in the chaos.
Give strength and perseverance to those who offer aid and comfort.
Bring hope to all persons and places that know devastation in the calm following the winds and rain. Bring comfort to those who grieve the loss of loved ones and property.
Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace.
Help us to shoulder the burden of suffering and make us bearers of hope that can be found in you, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.