Local people are always asked to shelter from hurricanes in buildings that can withstand the wind but, when the hurricane has passed over, often they have no homes left to go back to. Can you imagine being in a building and hearing the weather outside tear up trees and demolish buildings?
Can you imagine losing all your possessions in a storm like that? The people in India are used to bad storms coming every year, but this time it seems to have been made worse by adults not keeping their promises to protect those in their care by building better flood defences. How angry would you be if you lost your home because someone didn’t build a dam properly?
Sadly, floods and hurricanes have been happening for as long as human beings can remember.
(Read Psalm 55.1–8)
Even long ago, when this prayer was written, people knew about storms and floods. They also knew that the way to come through such events was to think about other people, to care for one another and to work together.
We can help too: aid agencies, such as Christian Aid and Save the Children, are appealing for money to help pay to feed and shelter those who have lost everything on either side of the world. Could we give some money that we could raise ourselves?
And here at home we can work together to make where we live and study a better place for everyone.
There will always be floods and hurricanes, but if we work together and think of others, we will help to make the effects less devastating.
(Read Psalm 55.6–8 again)
We pray for all those helping people who have been affected by monsoon or hurricane.
May they work together to help the people who are suffering, that they may return to their normal lives as quickly as possible.