Now Irma: Super-cane

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Re: Now Irma: Super-cane

Postby MaxPC » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:59 pm

Rescue operations have now begun to extract those who refused to evacuate in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona, FL. Rescue extraction will be dangerous as winds are still 60 mph. The flood levels reached a new record in Jacksonville.

The storms rain and wind bands are creating tornadoes. Tornadoes have been spotted in Charleston, SC. Flash flood warnings have been issued in AL, GA, SC, FL.

It will be several days before people can return to their homes in multiple places due to the flooding.

In FL alone, 7.6 MILLION people have no electricity due to storm damage. No count yet on those in GA and SC.
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Re: Now Irma: Super-cane

Postby Sudsy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:37 pm

During this hurricane it is often said to be in prayer. Many use the phrase 'you are in our thoughts and prayers'. I have wondered how much of the praying part actually goes on and just what the content of these prayers might be. Here is a prayer of a Christian pastor. Any thoughts on this prayer ?

O Lord God, mighty and merciful, we are asking for mercy — mercy amid the manifestations of your great might. We are asking, for Jesus’s sake. Not because we deserve anything better than calamity. We know that we have sinned. We have exchanged the high treasure of your glory for trinkets. We have not loved you with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. We have sown the wind, and reaped the whirlwind. We are pleading for mercy.

We make no demands. You are God, and we are not. We are bent low in submission to your just and sovereign power. Indeed, we are prostrate before the unstoppable wind of your justice and wisdom.

We know that you, O Lord, are great. Whatever you please, you do, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. You make clouds rise at the end of the earth. You bring forth the wind from its storehouses.

You have commanded and raised the mighty wind, and it has lifted up the waves of the sea. The floods have lifted up, O Lord. You have tilted the waterskins of the heavens.

You sweep us away as with a flood. You kill and you make alive; you wound and you heal; and there is none that can deliver out of your hand. You sit enthroned over the flood — enthroned as King forever.

We are like a dream, like dust swept off the street in a torrent.

But you, O God, are mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea. It is our peril and our hope that you can do all things, and no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

O Lord, do not sleep through this storm. O Lord, let not the flood sweep over us, or the deep swallow us up. Rise up! And do what only you can do amid these winds and waves. Rebuke them, as you once did. When they have done your wise and needed work, let them not have one minute more of strength. Command them, O Christ, to cease, we pray. And make a holy calm. For you are God, all things are your servants.

And give us ears, O God. Your voice, O Lord, is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. O God, forbid that we would not give heed.

Open our ears, you who once brought Job to humble silence, announcing from the whirlwind who you are, and that, when all is lost, the story then unfolds that in it all your purpose was compassionate and kind.

Whether we sit waste deep in the water of our Texas homes, or wait, uncertain, with blankets on a church pew, or nail the plywood to our Florida shop, or sit secure and dry a thousand miles from any sea, teach us, in mercy, what we need to learn, and cannot any other way.

And woe to us who, far away from floods, would point our finger at the sufferer and wonder at his greater sin, forgetting how the voice of Jesus rings in every tragedy: “Do you think that they were worse offenders? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” The very word of God to all Americans.

And now, O Lord, unleash the common grace of kindness from a million hearts and bank accounts, and grant as great a mercy in rebuilding as you once gave verdict to destroy. Restrain, O God, the evil hearts of those who would bring sorrow upon sorrow by looting what is left behind, or exploiting loss for private gain.

And in your church awaken this: the truth that you once gave yourself for us that we might be redeemed, not first from floods, but sin and lawlessness. That you once died, not first to put us out of peril, but to make us pure. Not first to spare us misery, but to make us zealous for good deeds. And so, O mighty Christ, unleash from us another flood: the blood-bought passion of your people not for ruin, but for rebuilding lives and homes.

O Father, awaken every soul to see where we have built our lives on sand. Show us from every storm the way to build our lives on rock. Oh, are you not our rock? Our fortress, our deliverer, our God in whom we take refuge, our shield, and the horn of our salvation, our stronghold. How great the fall of every life built on the sand of human skill!

And yet, how great the sure and solid gift held out to everyone in Christ! For you have said more wonderfully than we can ever tell:

Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword — or wind, or waves? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through your great love for us.
For you have made us say with deep assurance: Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor hurricanes nor floods, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And all in Jesus’s name,

Amen.
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Re: Now Irma: Super-cane

Postby MaxPC » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:07 pm

Thank you, Sudsy. We definitely pray when we say we will.

90% of the state of Georgia has lost power. Our cousin there says Irma was slamming their house with 60+ mph gusts. Irma had that much power after traveling over land the full length of FL and GA to get to their homestead. Their well runs on electricity so no water for toilets or bathing except what they have in storage: ~ 55gallons.

5 nursing home residents in FL have died because of the heat: no AC. The nursing home had been told to evacuate and they didn't.

Let's keep everyone in prayer, both in the fire zones and the hurricane zones.
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Re: Now Irma: Super-cane

Postby MaxPC » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:16 am

Massive power outages in FL and GA still. Many water wells need electricity to operate so people are without drinking water, toilet water, or bathing water.

Please keep those prayers coming.
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