Last night there was a great event at church with kids dressed in their Halloween costumes and a trivia game for their parents. The adults were divided into teams and vied for a magnificent blue and gold plastic trophy from 1993 (repurposed for this special occasion). It reminded me of something in light of next week’s approach of Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Seaboard. Warnings about the potential for this storm to become a mega-storm of historic proportions have been both consistent and dire. My hope is that people will take them seriously.
I had been reminded of the so-called “Storm of the Century” in mid-March of 1993. It was described in The New York Times as “a monster with the heart of a blizzard and the soul of a hurricane.” Because of the snow, I was stuck for three nights at a Holiday Inn off the New Jersey Turnpike on my way back from North Carolina to Connecticut during my first year at Yale Divinity School. Freemasons — a lot of them — from New York City were also stuck there. They had a party.
I remember, too, that hundreds of people died as a result of that 1993 “Storm of the Century,” and there will surely be too much suffering if this new mega-storm develops. So here’s a prayer for tonight and for the dark nights that await us all:
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.