It starts with a low rumbleAs the sun shines brightlyOff in the distance clouds gatherFirst white, and then gray turning blackOminous and forebodingRain pours down from the heavensDarkness sets inWind blows and hail beginsTrees bent cowering in the stormThe clouds begin to scatterFirst black, then gray then whiteForeboding replaced with stillnessLight shows the wayRain turns to mist as the rumble fadesTrees stand tall no longer afraidAs the thunderstorm goes its way
First I would like to say thank you for all your well wishes and prayers. Yesterday we watched the storm make landfall in NJ and NY we were all anxious of what the next phase of Super Storm Sandy would be as she made her way up into Pennsylvania.
We are thankful that we did not lose power and were spared a lot of damage from the high winds and rain. Although the center of the storm center will hit us this evening, the worse is over.
Tonight into tomorrow our creeks and the Susquehanna River will rise so there will be some flooding in the low lining areas but the prediction is for minimal flooding. Considering most people living along the creeks and our river have recently returned to their homes that were damaged in last years storms, that is good news, indeed.
Now we have the calm after the storm as we put the past 36 hours of preparation behind us. Water jugs will be emptied, debris from trees and neighbors yard decorations will be cleaned up, and flashlights stored away as we resume our lives.
It is still raining – a steady, heavy rain that seems to cry along with us at the devastation of our eastern shores.
Unlike the Southern, New England and Canadian coasts we were spared. Our hearts go out to those who lost their homes and to the families who lost loved ones. It is a long road to recovery – not only rebuilding homes but in rebuilding their lives. I pray for those who lives were shattered, that they will experience God’s presence during this difficult time and find the peace and comfort of God’s love as they begin to pick up the pieces and put their lives back together.