This is a prayer I wrote for the cover of our local church newsletter and will read during the week. Please consider personally or having your church donating to UMCOR (More Below on UMCOR).

Heavenly Father,

While we know the name of this storm as Ian, we also know the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who loves and cares for us even in the storms.

You are the God who longs to come and cover us “just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings” (Matthew 23:27b CEB). God, would you do that now?

We remember your words “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…” (Isaiah 43:2a NLT).

In the middle of this storm, may we cling to You and Your promises.

We intercede on behalf of all who have experienced Ian’s wrath and those yet to experience this storm.

Lord, would you protect all those in danger. Help the first responders, emergency managers, and meteorologists work to the best of their ability to rescue, provide assistance, and keep people safe.

Holy Spirit, help us to consider how we may play a role in healing the areas that are devastated, whether that be by our prayers, our resources, or our time in the future.

We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian and relief arm of the United Methodist Church. While I am no longer United Methodist I am still proud to partner with several United Methodist Ministries including UMCOR. Please consider making a donation to them or another non-profit to help with relief work.