This is a prayer to be said for safety before and during a hurricane. This new version includes more options for customizing the prayer, which are shown in [brackets], and removes references to any particular storm.
Safety During a Hurricane
G-d of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
[The storm] [Hurricane_______] approaches,
A tribute to the force of creation,
Your power and might.
What chaos will blow with the wind?
What destruction will strike?
Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?
G-d of mystery and awe,
Grant [us][my family][the people of ___________ (location)]
Safety as [the tempest] [this storm] [name of storm]
Engulfs our [their] homes and our [their] lives.
Protect us [them]. Shield us [them]. Guard us [them].
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the tools and skills they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall [the wind, the rain and the tides]
And with kinship and cooperation when the storm [the hurricane] [the violent weather] passes.
G-d of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch us through the night,
For comfort, security and wellbeing,
So that we may serve You in love.
© 2012 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: This prayer was first posted as “Before the Storm” on February 1, 2011, and was modified and reposted for Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012. My other weather safety prayers include: “In Devastation,” “For First Responders,” “After the Tornadoes” “Safety After Violent Weather” and “After the Storm.” I used the prayer “For First Responders (to the Earthquake in Haiti)” as the inspiration for a prayer called “Memorial Prayer for 9-11 First Responders.”
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