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Prayer in the wake of hurricane Ike

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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After a storm such as hurricane Ike, how can those affected find safety, calm, and healing?

Prayer to avoid such occurrences, prayer to get through such experiences, and prayer to clean up and fix up after such incidents is on many people's minds. They somehow know, deep down within their hearts, that God is still with each of us, calming, protecting, guiding, and shielding.

The Psalmist certainly felt this way – he must have – when he wrote: "Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee" (33:18-22).

The loving "eye of the Lord" is upon each one of us. And even when it appears that God's mercy has somehow failed us – when the winds have blown, and the sea has swallowed the land, and the homes are damaged, and the families separated – we can still feel God's mercy. How? By understanding that divine Love, who is only good and uses His power only for good, does not bring natural disaster, does not command nature to harm His creation, but actually sustains us during such trying times. He is still present in the aftermath, guiding and calming and saving.

Divine Love's mercy, its tenderness, gentleness, and compassion, surround us. And if we look closely enough, quietly enough, prayerfully enough, we see it. We can see Him saving and guiding, helping and shielding.

This was certainly true in Elijah's case. After a storm of a different kind – an intense confrontation with followers of a wicked king – he took refuge in the mountains. Then, a great and strong wind broke the rocks into pieces. This was followed by an earthquake, then a fire. After that, Elijah heard a "still small voice" – God's voice, calming him, directing him, guiding him (see I Kings 19:9-12).

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