|My original illustration for this story|
|And this just in after I published -- an update!|
Quoting from the King James Bible, Jesus warned when his disciples asked what should be the signs of his coming and of the end of the world that there would be, inter alia, "earthquakes in divers (many) places AND UPON THE SEA DISTRESS OF NATIONS."
Certainly, we have seen a great deal of "distress of nations" along the various world seas, including but not limited to the 2003 tsunami that violently struck many Asian nations, many Florida hurricanes; Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast and nearly destroying New Orleans in 2005.
Now our prayers need to be with the projected one third of the United States that is said to be at potential risk from the lethal combination of Hurricane Sandy colliding with a cold front that could bring extreme rain, snow, and flooding to the eastern 1/3 of our country, even posing a potential threat to the Great Lakes region of which my part of the country is classified.
The storms are expected to threaten Massachusetts starting tonight, Sunday, October 27, 2012. One of our most diligent contributors to our discussion board is Springfield, Massachusetts resident Susanna. She and her husband faced tornado hazards a year or two ago. Now they are probably occupied with preparations for this potential regional disaster.
We need to pray, be prepared to extend necessary support and relief supplies for those in this affected area. We also must soberly consider it as a grave "sign of the time." Just maybe, atheist scoffing not withstanding, God is trying to send us a message -- e.g, 'WAKE UP'!
May the Lord help us all, especially those in these gravely affected areas. I pray that the storm will turn back to sea or lose intensity. However, we must always remember that God has the big picture and we the little ones and our most constant prayers should be "Come quickly, Lord Jesus" and "thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done . . ."
P.S. AND THIS JUST IN: TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN ALASKA -- VIOLENT EARTHQUAKES OFF THE WESTERN CANADA COAST -- TSUNAMI WARNING EXTENDS TO WASHINGTON AND OREGON COASTS!