A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
While some areas hit by Gustav have been more severely affected than others, all who have been touched by the disaster will be benefited by our prayers and by any other assistance our prayers lead us to offer.
One framework for our prayers could be the 23rd Psalm in the Bible, which has provided so much comfort over the centuries.
People who have lost their homes or businesses or have had severe damage to their property can be enfolded through our prayers in this thought: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Even in the face of disaster, this statement affirms what is actually true – that there is a divine law under which each of us truly lives, and it is a promise of God's goodness and care, always. Even if circumstances argue that God is absent, the spiritual fact is that right now, divine Love is a present help for each individual. No one will be left in a state of want; people will be guided to the needed help by God.
"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul." What one is seeing literally may be anything but green pastures. It may be more like shattered windows, a severely damaged roof, flooded roads. But this statement is a promise of God's love, of the beauty and peace that are our actual heritage. There is also a dynamic to this passage. God ; He doesn't just make us feel OK about being in a mess. Divine Love is there as an active presence, leading each individual, tenderly and intelligently, and also providing the ideas that restore order, even if it's very basic at first.
Those "still waters" are a fine symbol of peace, but we can also affirm that the need for drinking water, something nearly always in short supply after hurricanes, will be met for each community, along with necessary food supplies.