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Hurricane Sandy Awakens U.S. to Global Warming Realities, Part 2

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 14:47 PM
November 1, 2012

    Television images of destruction to U.S. Eastern Shores bring sad reminders of the effects of Global Warming.  As of today, Hurricane Sandy’s total death tolls are unknown, but estimated to be some 71 in the Caribbean and 70 in the U.S., including 24 in New York City, 8 in New Jersey and 4 in Connecticut.

That number is expected to rise as workers check flooded houses, stores and basements.  Shamefully outbreaks of looting has begun, especially in city areas without power.  Ninety percent of the power on Long Island is out, and some 1800 upstate New York workers join Power Authority attempts to restore service.

Some six million people are still without power.  And up and down the coast, officials worry about standing flood waters mixed with gas, downed power lines and raw sewage.  Although they beg residents to stay indoors, some venture out for food and fresh water.  And some who step on power lines are killed instantly.

More hospitals have to transfer patients due to failed generators.  Some dependent on power to run breathing machines while trapped in homes without power are dying.  As nights turn colder, homes without heat become excruciating.

Some Amtrak lines are restored; airports open today for some flights.  The governor has declared all available bus, train and subway rides to be free of charge.  And to cut down congestion, the New York mayor says cars ride three to be legal.

Famed economist Paul Krugman figures Sandy’s bite out of our financial status may be minimal:  “Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have caused $30 billion to $50 billion in economic damages, according to IHS Global Insight.”

But that does not include costs for architectural restructuring in view of Climate Change.  Governor Andrew Cuomo figures initial damage of up to $6 billion in lost state revenue.

At the few gas stations with electric pumping power, cars line up by the hundreds to fill up tanks, and containers for generators.  Food supplies are running low because restaurant and grocery supplies can’t get through for deliveries.

If there were ever a time for believers to intercede for our country, it is now.  Christian prayer books lift useful prayers right from Scripture.  For example, as King David prayed in Psalm 4: 1:

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”  Also, repentant kings and prophets prayed for their nations by reminding God of His mercy:  “But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation (Psalm 69: 13).”

And Daniel prayed for his country, confessing their sins as if they were his own, although he had not sinned as such himself: “To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him. . . (9:9).”
Now that is intercession.  OK, Prayer Warriors, let’s get to work!

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