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Good morning folks, I am back from my most marvelous vacation, and in time I will tell you about the spiritual insights I gained in all the activity of being entertained by the two boys, but first it seems to me that there are more important things to address.

While I was away, there were two earthquakes north of the Island that my mother lives on.  Fortunately they were based in the ocean, and there was no serious damage, but some of the small inner islands did have damage, and my heart goes out to those who have had to rebuild, or restore damage.  The whole region was in my prayers while I was gone.

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Eclipsing the news out of BC however was the distressing news about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  The after effects did some damage in the area of Ontario in which I live, power outages and loss of life.  That is the real tragedy of those kinds of storms.  When lives and homes are lost, the cost for the people is tremendous.

The past two days I have been catching up on television reports of the damage, and it is very disheartening to hear that people still have no access to power.  The strength and determination of the people who came out and voted in yesterdays Presidential Elections despite the lack of power or facilities was amazing.  People may have voted in tents, but they cared enough to come out and vote regardless.  The resilience of the human spirit is amazing, and reminds us that when we all roll up our sleeves we can rise above and overcome even the most difficult of circumstances.  May all who have suffered from Hurricane Sandy continue to demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit as they rebuild their lives.

For this reason, I feel it is very fitting that my first post-vacation blog topic needs to include a prayer for those whose lives have been devastated by the hurricane.

Holy God, holy and wise, holy and compassionate
Upon you rests our hope, and in you we place our trust
Restore we pray the lives of those who have suffered in the storm’s path
Revisit each one with your love, touch them with the healing power of your spirit, show them the places to find aid.
Invest your wisdom and your will in those who are able to bring aid, and start rebuilding in the hardest hit areas
Comfort those who mourn, and those who are homeless
Announce clearly the sources and places of aid, comfort and hope
Nurse the hearts and spirit’s of all those who are fearful and anxious.
Empower all with the hope and certainty that you are with them, even to the ends of the earth.

Speed the recovery process so that all people have a place to live before the storms of winter come
Amaze us all with what we, working with you, can accomplish
Nudge and encourage those of whose whose wills have been slow to bring aid
Depend on all of us to work together in harmony and strength
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow you are the same, help us to see how you have been working among your hurting people from day one and show us how you continue with them until all restoration is accomplished.

Amen.

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