Prayer as Tropical Storm Nicolas Approaches

God, someone asked for prayers
for a dry bookstore.
In your mercy, hear the hopes
of those who know disaster
has many pages
and takes different forms.

I understand the Houston Zoo
is closing to customers,
please be with employees who stay
and so many frightened animals,
also with humans who raise cattle,
goats, sheep, market crops
and home gardens.

We pray for those preparing
evacuation centers,
those already in homeless shelters,
for those in hospitals, care facilities,
correctional institutions
for those who prepare
to work on the lines, respond to 911,
come out on a Lyft call,
for the owner of a new-to-her
mobile home or a family house,
many, many generations
under the big tree
that should have been taken down.

God in your mercy,
know what we are trying to pray
and when the wind and the rain comes
be where you are needed to be.

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