Both of my sisters have decided to stay in their Florida homes. I do not understand why, as both are retired and have the financial means to have left. There are so many that cannot afford to leave.
I found this prayer on the internet by Rabbi Fred Guttman and invite you to pray it with me for all people as Irma approaches.
"God of the heavens: nature and all that You have created are truly awesome. Often, we; take these wonders for granted. Teach us to cherish all of your gifts.
Try as we might, we know that we cannot control the oceans, the mountains, the weather. We also firmly believe that ever since the time of Noah, You do not send floods, make the earth shake, or dispatch weather formations, such as hurricanes, as warnings or punishments.
So we ask, as this hurricane approaches land and approaching our brothers and sisters, that You shelter all who will be in its path. Watch over everyone, their loved ones, friends, and fellow people, many of whom are preparing to evacuate. Guard them as they prepare, perhaps to leave their homes again. Give them strength, courage, and resolve to ride out this storm; answer their prayers and ours that they be blessed with goodness and be spared from harm.
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohanu Melech Haolam she kocho u-gevurato maleh olam.
Blessed are You, Source of Life and Nature, whose awesome power and strength fill our world and inspire us to be strong in the face of all of life's difficulties."
I am not Jewish, nor do I speak Hebrew, but I searched for a translation for the Hebrew words. I think it says ~Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, whose power and might fill the world.~
I know that many have been touched this summer by fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters. Please continue to pray for those affected by Harvey, fires, earthquakes, and other recent disasters.
Until next time. Be Safe. Be Strong. Be Healthy. Keep Sparking!