Tropical Storm Isaac struck southern Florida with heavy rain and winds on Sunday, interrupting plans for the Republican National Convention. As the storm continues to move west, it threatens to disrupt oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast somewhere between Florida and Louisiana midweek, on or near the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency.
When faced with storms or extreme weather, prayer can help bring peace to one’s own thinking, and this peace can be reflected in any circumstance we face. In “Only Love’s Atmosphere,” the writer shares how she prayed when she suddenly discovered, while out driving, that she was near a tornado. To her surprise, she found herself praying not only for a peaceful atmosphere regarding weather, but also for a peaceful atmosphere regarding political campaigns and elections. It was nearing the day to vote for governor of her state, and having witnessed an overtly negative campaign, she found prayer could be a power for good and help to relieve turmoil of any kind.
To further support your prayers, you might like to listen to a replay of the audio chat, “After Katrina: Prayer about hurricanes.” This chat explores how one can prepare spiritually for storms, and avoid the common mental frenzy that so often accompanies such preparation. While the chat touches specifically on Katrina and how prayer can help rebuilding efforts after the fact, its ideas are applicable to any hurricane.
Finally, check out the editorial, “Atmosphere,” written by William D. McCrackan in 1918. It still resonates strongly today with its ideas about how to purify our mental “atmosphere.” McCrackan says: “God's control extends over the atmosphere as truly as it does over human thought. Man abiding in at-one-ment with God cannot be victimized by undue heat or cold, dampness or dryness, by wind, hail, or electricity.”
Our thoughts and prayers can contribute much good to the mental and physical atmosphere.