Those who know me, know I’m a huge weather watcher; I’ll chalk that up to growing up in a house where our lives revolved around the weather. My Dad worked for Natural Resources in forrest fire watch and suppression my whole life. Roomies in uni and after, and now my husband, would find me watching the weather network, like it’s TV show. Cory actually calls it my “favourite channel” and I’ll be honest, it’s a pretty big staple in this house. Just this morning, the first thing I did was get up and put it on to see Irma’s progress overnight and more updated images coming out of the aftermath. I’ve always found something exciting about wild weather and storms. For sure, I’ve said, in another life I’m a meteorologist. The upcoming hours and days draw me to my phone and TV to follow the progress of the storm.
So when we hear about storms like hurricane Irma, I feel the excitement, fear and simple awe of such powerful forces of mother nature. Here is an overhead image of Irma from NASA.
We could get into a huge discussion about #climatechange but I’m feeling somber today and I pray for these people, not up for a debate or analysis of climate change. That being said, as we watched the devastation hit Houston, now the Caribbean, in the form of Irma, and Jose right behind and a third in the Gulf, the whole scene is quite overwhelming and I think we all need to sit back and observe the power of our world.
As a Christian, I feel especially prayerful today and I reflect on how these millions of people must be feeling and how I can only do what I can control and that is to pray for them all to find safety, shelter, and strength in their days, weeks and months to come. Having watched the aftermath of the High River flood in 2013, the physical was hard, but it was the psychological impacts that are still evident many years later. People will lose everything, there will be divorce, loss, and fear for years to come. So I also pray for those that will take others in, help in any way they can, love, serve, and be good people to fellow man. I saw so much of that generosity after the flood, we even had a friend and little guy stay with us when the entire town was evacuated. Now, I am by no means comparing the flood of a town of 10000 to that of the millions impacted by Irma, but humans are humans and loss is loss, we all have similarities.
Please join me in prayer for all those impacted and will be impacted in the hours and days to come, and for the recovery effort to follow. Also, support the Red Cross, either Canadian or American as your disaster relief charity of choice. I know there are various organizations matching donations so it’s always a great option.
I have been blogging for around a year and have never posted much besides crafting and my #Outlander love, until today. I really just couldn’t not share my thoughts and prayers today and I sit in my craft room creating with my girls and thinking about how blessed we are to be safe, dry and healthy. As there was after the High River flood, feelings of guilt sets in because it’s not you. Please know you are not alone, feelings of empathy and caring are what spur many to serve others and help fellow man. We can only do what we can for those impacted, donate, pray, serve, love.