Prayer in The Face of Storms I wrote last year
Dear Heavenly Father: You gave us nature to show the beauty of Your creation as a gift which we must appreciate, protect, and nurture. That same nature also shows your great power which we must respect, accept, and praise. We must always surrender to Your Will, for You are the Master of all creation. That creation can be both beautiful and imposing, peaceful and violent, as well as calm and fierce. Just as we should appreciate Your gifts in humble thanksgiving, we must place ourselves at Your eternal mercy. We here in this home have been blessed many times with Your wonderful gifts, and we are eternally grateful for those gifts in whatever form You may deem best for our souls and our salvation. We now face the challenge of a violent storm which approaches our home and is already threatening many lives. We ask You to spare as many of Your people from the suffering and danger which this storm may bring. While we accept Your Will, we humbly ask that You lessen the severity of this storm. Although we do not deserve Your mercy and, in fact, merit Your just punishment for our sins, ingratitude, arrogance, inconsistency, cowardice, and disobedience, we ask that You not look upon what we may deserve but upon what we ask today, which is that Your protect our home and property, inside and outside, from serious harm and damage, and help us weather this storm in relative safety and peace. We dare to ask You to likewise protect our families and loved ones. We do not ask this favor of You because we deserve it but, rather, because we know that You are a most merciful and loving Creator of the Universe. All we have and all we do we owe to You and always will. We do not want to walk any path that does not move toward You. You are the answer to our questions, the purpose of our lives, the cure for our pain, and the reason for our very existence. Above all, You are and will always be the Rainbow to our storms, and therefore we ask that You extend Your loving Hand in protection of us and our loved ones this night, tomorrow, through the end of this storm, and always in our journey toward You. Please be our Rainbow yet again, and help us through the rain of our pain in this world, so that we may someday experience the peace and beauty of being in Your Presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord, His Most Obedient and Loving Mother and, above all, through You, Our Loving Heavenly Father, Amen.
Copyright, 2012 Gabriel Garnica