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Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

God, Hurricanes and Social Media

It was a wild ride this weekend. I live on water and was in the path of hurricane Irene.

We had a lot of flooding and water in the garage but no major damage. Our neighbor’s trees fell on our property but fell in such a way that they stopped before hitting our glass sun room. It literally looked like an angel stood in front of the glass and told the tree that was far enough. Made great pictures. The trees are hanging over our house but not on the house! The river has receded and the water is gone.

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Best of all, it was another great opportunity to talk to my neighbors about the power of prayer. During the clean up, we made it clear that people all over the country were praying for our safety and God protected our house.We never lost power, which was a miracle in itself.

And during the 16 hours of storm, our neighborhood, my relatives, friends all over the country were on Facebook getting updates and encouraging us. How cool was that? My brother in Maine, my nephew in NYC, my friend in Chicago, best friends in San Diego, etc. We kept in contact during the progress of the storm. Social media made that all possible.

Thank you to the people all over the country who prayed for us. Several of my “fans” on my professional page of Facebook prayed. You guys are the best!

And I trust God used this to encourage our neighbors and friends regarding the power of prayer and the importance of a relationship with God. During the storm, I was calm because I knew God was right there. He commands the wind and rain. And yesterday, His presence was felt but also seen!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laurie

    Thanks – this post was also a nudge to call a friend I had been thinking about because he was in the hurricane zone. Called yesterday – mine was the first call through after all the damage done by the hurricane – but all was well and lines reestablished- Thank God. It was good to reconnect.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laurie

    How wonderful that you were able to receive the caring messages of friends and family living far away. Their presence can be always “with us” in the difficult times such as these, through the use of technology. I sometimes deplore the superficiality of the modern media but here they were used very well.

    I also feel that the forces of Nature are a reminder to pray for God’s peace in such situations. My family was thankful for our safe travel from Europe a day before the hurricanes were to touch down close to the city where we would transit. I was struck by the randomness of where these events would strike and reminded of the recent Japanese tsunami. After that, I wanted to help the people of the beautiful country that I visited many years ago. Their kindness in welcoming me, a complete stranger, came to mind and I wanted to help as they dealt with the loss of lives and the challenge of rebuilding everything. This summer a young student came to our country to renew the friendships experienced three years ago during summer camp. She was back this year to deepen her knowledge of English and share a love of music. It was so good to see her again and share how much we thought of her country in the past months and were praying for them and hoping the outreach efforts were well targeted. .. a beautiful connection to share at that level with her. I really believe we’re all in “Noah’s ark” together this time around – as we are given the knowledge of what is happening in distant parts of the world and can feel the connection with those who suffer these huge natural tragedies.

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