Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, September 7, 2017
Hurricane Irma, One of the Most Powerful in History, Roars Across Caribbean
Hurricane Irma struck the northeast Caribbean with terrifying force Wednesday, its battering rain and winds of up to 185 miles per hour leaving a trail of chaos, wreckage and flooding from Barbuda to Puerto Rico, before taking aim at islands farther west and, beyond them, Florida.
Already one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Irma could become one of the most destructive as well, depending on its path, and officials from Turks and Caicos to Florida pleaded with people to heed advisories to evacuate to shelters and higher ground. The National Hurricane Center described the hurricane as “potentially catastrophic.”
Irma “will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards” to Puerto Rico on Wednesday and to the northern coast of Hispaniola, which includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on Thursday, the Hurricane Center warned. It will pass directly over — or very near — the low-lying islands of Turks and Caicos, a British possession, and parts of the Bahamas on Thursday and Friday, the center forecast, and push a storm surge of seawater 15 to 20 feet high. The surge could put large parts of the islands under water.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Thursday, September 7, 2017
The passage from Hosea for today’s blog is a startling statement. People can be so filled with an inside condition that is turned away from God’s plan for their life that they are unable to change. We become fixed in the personal hell that we have created for ourselves.
Hosea 5.4 – Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they do not know the Lord.
Prayers for Thursday, September 7, 2017
Dear God, please have mercy on us and help us to change our mind about you and about life.