As Cyclone Debbie approaches North Queensland, many are anxiously preparing for what is predicted to be a “monster storm” with potentially destructive rain, flooding and winds exceeding 250 km/hr. Rev Garry Hardingham, North Queensland Presbytery minister, offers words of support and a prayer for those impacted.
Today we need to be in prayer for those who are in the path of Cyclone Debbie. For those of us who have experienced a number of cyclones, we know that cyclones are very unpredictable and Debbie may yet turn away and go further south.
Be that as it may, we need to be prayerfully mindful that many people are feeling high levels of anxiety and uncertainty as they prepare for what may come. This is not helped by the media who are constantly feeding this anxiety.
Be mindful of those in your care who have never experienced a cyclone and are feeling particularly vulnerable. Also for those who are alone or separated from loved ones.
If there is anything you need please do not hesitate in asking. We have access to generators, chainsaws and other equipment that may be needed after the cyclone crosses.
I have prepared a simple prayer that you may use (or please compose your own). When Debbie crosses the coast, no matter where or when that may be, please join me in this prayer:
O Lord of Earth and Heaven,
You have promised to be with us
In the joys and perils of life.
For you control the millpond and the stormy seas.
In your Son, Jesus, we find comfort in the midst of uncertainty,
Hope in the midst of vulnerability,
And strength in the face of the storm.
Give shelter to your creation
And endurance in the aftermath
May a word of Jesus
still the storm and calm the seas of our hearts
For you alone, God, are all good, all life and all love for us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessings and Peace,
Rev Garry Hardingham
Presbytery minister, North Queensland Presbytery