Hurricane Irma: A reminder of Creation’s force

first_img Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleStaying grateful in a pre-hurricane settingNext articleA man who would have enjoyed Hurricane Irma? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. Please enter your comment! IT’S CALM… As I write this, the sun is shining, the blue sky is dotted with white clouds, a few people are out walking… Everyone’s cars are filled with gas, the pantries are filled with canned goods and bottled water, the phones, tablets, and external batteries are charging. Pun intended, images of Harvey flood our minds as Florida waits to witness the wrath of Irma.I have been drawing inspiration and strength from Alden Solovy’s poems and prayers through recent experiences ranging from Charlottesville to Harvey. I found this 2012 prayer from Alden Solovy and adapted it for Hurricane Irma with my own theological perspective. SAFETY DURING A HURRICANECreator of heaven and earth,Hurricane Irma approaches,A reminder of Creation’s force.The world began in chaos, and the winds of Irma remind usThat chaos continues to blow with the wind.What destruction will strike?Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?God of mystery and awe,We pray for safety as this hurricane threatensTo interrupt thousands of livesCausing stress to those in its pathAnd worry to concerned families and friendsLiving beyond the hurricane’s path.And when the winds subside and the rain begins to dry,Grant food and clothing, warmth and shelter to those in need.Bless emergency and rescue workersWith the patience, tools, and skills they needAs they risk their lives for the sakeOf our families, communities and friends.Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.Bless us with common senseThrough the high winds and torrential rainAnd with kinship and cooperationWhen Hurricane Irma passes.God of awe and wonder,See us through the gale and be with us through the night,For comfort, security and well-being.ברוך אתה יי סומך נופליםWe praise You, Eternal God,the Oneness that uplifts our spirits in times of need. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 COMMENT Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Miacenter_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Thanks Rabbi, I appreciate the hurricane prayer and needed it very much. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin September 10, 2017 at 10:41 amlast_img

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