Sunday, August 28, 2011


What a week for us Northeasterners!

First a 5.8 earthquake came out of nowhere and shook the very ground we walked on.

Then, we were battered with Hurricane Irene - the worst storm we have seen in 25 years.

Both events got me thinking a lot about preparation. 

We had no warning an earthquake was coming our way.  It just happened.  There was no time to prepare, and most people did not know the proper procedure for staying safe.

By contrast, we all knew the hurricane was coming.  It had been front page news ever since Irene set her sights on the eastern seaboard.  That gave everyone two to three days to get ready.  

And yet, despite that heads up, many people were unable to get the extra bottled water they were advised to get, the backup generators they wanted, or the D batteries most flashlights need.  It still was not enough time to get ready.  

And therein was a lesson.

Preparation needs to start well before the test. 

Like these natural disasters, someday our judgement day will come.  It might come unexpectedly like the earthquake.  Or we might get a small warning like with the hurricane. 

But the truth is, we should be preparing now.    

Prayers for everyone affected by the events this week ... 

God Bless you.


Unknown said...

Good points Michael. I mean really, how many wake up calls do we need for God to get our attention and prepare not only temporally but especially spiritually.
Hope and pray you fared alright through the storm.
God bless.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I hope you and yours are well Michael.

Praying for you all.

You're so right that many of us are just not prepared for meeting Him; and meet Him we shall.

God bless you.

Shirley said...

Time is the one thing we all think we have plenty of, and the easiest thing for God to take away from us.
Said prayers at Mass today for everyone affected by the hurricane.

Daily Grace said...

We do need to be prepared because we just never know, do we!!! May the Good Lord continue to bless you and keep you safe Michael!

Joey said...


Excellent lesson, Michael.

Mary N. said...

Exactly. We know THE DAY will come for each and every one of us and we
have to prepare as best we can.

The hurricane ended up petering out mid-afternoon here in NH. It had already been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it got here. I thought we would lose our electricity from the wind but it only flickered a few times. I hope your area escaped relatively unscathed too.

You liked Victor's meme too I see :) God bless you, Michael!

none said...

Great points!
I used to be afraid when I thought of judgment day-- terrified. Now I'm mostly excited, looking forward to the day, and trying each day of my life to prepare for it. I'm glad you posted this; it's an excellent reminder to live a Christian life, to give our imperfect lives to Jesus each day. :)