The Morning Hours


It seems that early fall days provide beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets. Our daughter has seen lovely ones on the beach at Southampton, New York, on Long Island.  We privately celebrate the colorful brush strokes of many hues.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic has made a roaring appearance with two hurricanes in as many weeks: Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida.  A few years ago, we gifted our two children portable storm radios which they have used in tropical storms and in hurricanes.

Now we are keeping close watch on Jose which may become a hurricane again. And it may hit Long Island.  Our daughter lived through Hurricane Sandy and two weeks without power.  By early next week, there are tropical storm conditions there which we watch with trepidation.

As a woman of faith, I went to church this morning to have a talk with our Lord and ask that he protect and watch over all those in harm’s way. Mother Nature is want to disrupt lives and wreak havoc in the blink of an eye.  We are a generous, helpful people so we try to help our neighbors in need.

The morning hours have always been my favorite time of the day. I can watch the skies, listen to the birds and watch the fullness of the apples trees and our gardens.

It is my fervent wish that the latest tropical storm/hurricane stay out in the Atlantic and not disrupt people’s lives. Here’s a short prayer for all those affected:

Let us open our hearts and pray
for those who have lost everything.

Let us offer a comforting word
to those who have no homes to return to.

Let us help the less fortunate rebuild
and donate our time and fortunes to assist.

Above all, let us be grateful and trust
in His plan for us, today and always.

Allow us to grieve and let the tears flow.
Whisper softly and recall the happy memories.

For this we are grateful today. May there
be an afterglow of smiles. May we have hope.  Amen.

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14 Responses to The Morning Hours

  1. We have relatives on Long Island, too. I lived there for years before a hurricane hit. There were several ho-hum ones before Sandy. Your prayer is lovely.

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  2. Emily says:

    Such a wonderful post. Loved the prayer. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. Weronika says:

    Simply stunning nature!

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  4. There is something about clouds. All the scientific explanation cannot quite erase the magic, can it?

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  5. says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    warmherzige Worte um den Opfern und Betroffenen der Wetterkatastrophe Mut zuzusprechen.
    Wie kann man dem jährlich wiederkehrenden Karibik- Sturmcaos entgehen? Das Gebiet meiden?
    Eine andere sturmsichere Bauweise entwickeln?Zu solchen verherenden Naturgewalten ist noch keine Alternative geschaffen.
    Sachwerte kann man ersetzen,Menschenleben lassen sich nicht ersetzen.Verluste sind in jeder Weise sehr schmerzlich.
    Ich wünsche mir,daß dein Gebet viele Menschen erreicht.Erst in solchen extremen Situationen wird bewußt was Hilfe und helfen bedeutet.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      Der Verlust jeglicher Art ist immer eine Tragödie. Eigentum kann wieder aufgebaut werden, aber auch diejenigen, die gebaut werden, um Hurrikans zu widerstehen, haben Eigentumsschäden zum Beispiel in Süd-Florida. Es gibt jene Personen, die einfach wissen, dass es tropische Stürme und Hurrikane gibt, wo sie leben. Ich wähle nicht, an solchen Orten zu leben. Überschwemmung und Wasserschaden ist immer ein Thema. Gib mir meine vier Jahreszeiten in Upstate New York sogar mit Schnee. Vielen Dank für Deinen aufschlussreichen Kommentar.
      Viele Grüße
      Deine Mary Ann 🙂


  6. Annika Perry says:

    A moving prayer, Mary Ann. It is a crazy time for hurricanes and there doesn’t seem to be a let up at all – I’ve been following the news closely and feel for everyone affected. I hope your family is safe and a great idea with the storm radios. Beautiful photos and I especially love the ones of the sky, lit up in all its glorious red hues – breathtaking. 😀

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    • There’s simply something magical about the sky, clouds and many hues. Thank you for the kind remark about my prayer. Sometimes that’s all I feel I can do to help from a distance. Those storm radios are wonderful when people are without power. They recharge cell phones and if the battery is gone, simply hand crank for news. There are many great features and they are reasonably priced. This year’s hurricanes and tropical storms have been varied in intensity. The island people have lost a great deal too. I too follow the weather news closely. Rip currents, high tides and flooding seem to be all along the coast. Have a good week, Annika. Always nice to connect. ^__^

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