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This morning, I’ve been thinking a great deal about my many friends in Florida. Off the top of my head (and forgive me if I’ve left you out), I can identify @frontseatcatt, @formerlawprof, @jamesgawron, @samuelblock, @cm, @bossmongo, @eb, @theotherdiane, @kevincreighton, @barkhaherman, and I know there are many others. Feel free to use this post to let us know where you are.
Due to the impending hurricane, I’m inclined to pray for all of these folks, for those who have already been hit in the islands, and for those who may be hit outside of Florida. But I realized that prayer is an odd thing: outside of the written prayers, just what can or should I pray for?
I tend to pray for the safety and well-being of those who could be affected. I don’t pray for the storm to move away from us; I believe that G-d rarely interferes with nature, and I don’t know if he chooses to act on hurricanes. I also realize the storm may miss us altogether. But assuming it arrives here, I think prayer is helpful in many ways.
Prayer connects me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually with those who may be at risk. In a sense, I believe prayer brings G-d into that circle, and I’m comforted by that thought. It’s funny, but I tend not to think of my family, not because I’m special, but because I have many blessings in my life, and I’d like G-d, at this time, to spread around his interventions.
I know many of you are praying for those of us in Florida. Do you have a general prayer? Or do you ask for specific things? For those who don’t pray, how do you see hurricanes and those who are affected?
If nothing else, I hope this post will serve as a prayer for all of us.
Be well. Stay safe.