A Prayer for When the Storms Surge

(as Idalia makes landfall)

Creating God,

It’s hard when Your good creation is trying to kill us.

It’s hard to reconcile a loving creator with a creation that can, at times, be devastatingly beautiful and then be just plain devastating.

We know we are complicit

We know we haven’t cared for Your Earth the way You told us to

But, to be fair, these natural born killers existed way before any coal engines or smoke stacks appeared on the scene

How do we reconcile an all-powerful, all-loving God with one who allows for floods and tornadoes and hurricanes?

Maybe

Just maybe

The world does not revolve around us.

Maybe You are not some cosmic fixer who magically repairs and reverses anything that might cause us harm or pain.

Maybe this is where faith comes in

Knowing that no matter how hard the winds blow or how high the waves surge or how long the rain falls

You are in it all

We are loved and never alone.

Still

It’s hard when Your good creation is trying to kill us

Amen.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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