The blessings of a storm…

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Eleanor Roosevelt

Meditation: Last night our city was shaken by a big storm. It knocked out power lines and many homes remained without electricity overnight. As our family arrived in two cars after a long day, we were unable to open the garage that usually allows entry into our house. Gratefully we found an extra house key. Sleeping in the cars would not have been fun. Battery run candles that usually serve as decoration suddenly became life savers and our means of getting around the house. My husband and I sat together with a candle. It was quiet after a long day. Our girls huddled together and did their homework by candlelight. We got in touch with how our ancestors might have felt after the sun went down and there was no electricity. It brought us together as a family. No distractions, no intrusions. And then we all went to bed early. Some storms are a gift.

Prayer: God of light, God of darkness, as You take away our access to light, we adjust to seeing and feeling in the dark. We stay closer together. We pay more attention to each other. We limit our intake and output. We focus on essentials. Thank you for being right there with us, for reminding us that light is a gift and that darkness is a gift in its own way. Thank You, Amen

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. Psalm 73:23

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