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Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 30, 2019

ቃጠሎ በአውሮፓ፣ ድርቅ በአረቢያ፣ አውሎ ነፋስ በአሜሪካእራሳቸው የመረጧቸውን የኢትዮጵያ ቀለማት ተመልከቱ

ብዙ ሚሊየን አሜሪካውያን በሚቀጥሉት ቀናት ፍሎሪዳ ዙሪያ ባሉት ግዛቶች ከዚህ በፊት ያልገጠማቸውንና “ዶሪያን” የተባለ ቅጽል ስም የተሰጠውን ኃይለኛ አውሎ ነፋስ ተሸብረው በመጠባበቅ ላይ ናቸው። ፕሬዚደንት ዶላንድ ትራምፕ፦ “ኃይለኛ አውሎ ንፋስ እየመጣብን ነውና ተዘጋጁ፣ እነዘጋጅ!” በማለት ዜጎችን አስጠንቅቀዋል። እነዚህ አዎል ነፋሶች አሜሪካውያንን በየጊዜው ስለሚያሸብሩ፡ የአውሎ ነፋሶቹን ሰፌድ በኑክሌር ቦንብ ለመምታት እስከ ማሰብ ድረስ ፕሬዚደንት ትራምፕ ደርሰዋል።

ለነዋሪዎቹ ሰላሙን ያምጣላቸው፤ ግን ከእናንተ የበለጠ የኃያሎች ኃያል አለ፡ የሚነፍሰውን እስትንፋሱን አትችሉትምና ኢትዮጵያን ባትነኳት ይሻላችኋል!!!

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Strange Space Weather Over Africa

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 22, 2017

“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. ” – Jeremiah 50:6

“The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered. ” – Jeremiah 10:21

“The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness.” – Jeremiah 22:22

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 23:1-2

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” – Jesus in John 10:27

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” – Jesus in Matthew 12:30

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” – Matthew 12:25

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Nov. 13, 2007: Something strange is happening in the atmosphere above Africa and researchers have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the phenomenon. The Africa Space Weather Workshop kicked off Nov. 12th with nearly 100 scientists and students in attendance.

The strange phenomenon that brings all these people together is the ion plume—”a newly discovered form of space weather,” says University of Colorado atmospheric scientist and Workshop co-organizer Tim Fuller-Rowell.

Researchers liken the plumes to smoke billowing out of a factory smokestack—except instead of ordinary ash and dust, ion plumes are made of electrified gas floating so high above ground they come in contact with space itself. “The plumes appear during geomagnetic storms and they can interfere with satellite transmissions, airline navigation and radio communications,” says Fuller-Rowell. Indeed, it is their effect on GPS signals that led to the discovery of plumes over North America just a few years ago.

A typical example is the plume of Nov. 20, 2003:

Above: A plume of excess electron density over North America on Nov. 20, 2003. The plume was discovered and mapped by its effect on GPS signals. Credit: Courtesy of Anthea Coster and John Foster of MIT.

Two days before this map was made, an explosion on the sun had hurled a cloud of magnetized gas—a CME—toward Earth. The plume formed when the CME hit, triggering a strong geomagnetic storm. The plume consists of ionized air at high altitude moving from Florida to Canada at a speed of 1 km/s (2200 mph).

“Okay, now we’ve seen the ‘smoke,’ but where is the smokestack?” asks Fuller-Rowell.

The search is leading researchers to Africa.

“Many believe the source of the plumes is near Earth’s magnetic equator,” explains NASA heliophysicist Lika Guhathakurta who is attending the Workshop. “Africa is a great place to check this possibility because the magnetic equator passes directly over the sub-Sahara.”

Just one problem: “There aren’t enough sensors in Africa to study the phenomenon,” says Fuller-Rowell. The sensor of choice is the dual-frequency GPS receiver. “North America has an abundance of dual frequency GPS receivers—thousands of them in a network we use to monitor North American plumes. But Africa has only a few dozen.”

Below: Dual frequency GPS receivers now in Africa. More are needed to investigate the plume phenomenon.

The purpose of the Workshop is to familiarize African space scientists with the plume phenomenon and lay the groundwork for a continent-wide GPS network. “Within a few years we hope to deploy hundreds of receivers,” he says.

Ion plumes inhabit a layer of Earth’s atmosphere called the “ionosphere.” It is a broad region 85 km to 600 km above ground level where ultraviolet radiation from the sun knocks electrons off atoms and molecules, creating a layer of ionized gas or “plasma” surrounding our entire planet. As ham radio operators have known for more than 100 years, the ionosphere can bend, distort, reflect and even absorb radio waves. Plumes amplify these effects.

How important is Africa to the study of this phenomenon? “Consider the list of organizations who have joined forces to sponsor the Africa Space Weather Workshop: NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD), the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), and many others,” says Guhathakurta. “It’s widely understood that Africa is key to the puzzle.”

At the moment only North America has a well-mapped ionosphere. NOAA posts new images every 15 minutes at this website. “Five years from now,” says Fuller-Rowell, “we hope to be making realtime maps of the ionosphere over Africa, too.”

Africa is plasma incognita—but not for long. Stay tuned!

Saharan Dust From Africa Brings Hazy Skies to Texas Gulf Coast

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This Saharan air can also squelch tropical cyclones from forming or may help fizzle them.

A plume of Saharan dust from Africa made it all the way to the Texas Gulf Coast early this week, making for hazy skies as well as vivid sunrises and sunsets.

Yet another plume of dust located over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday morning was expected to spread towards the Texas Gulf Coast by Thursday. This may create more hazy conditions late this week, the National Weather Service in Houston said.

Plumes of dust from the Sahara Desert frequently make a 5,000-mile-long voyage to parts of the United States and the air that lofts these particles can have a big impact on the Atlantic hurricane season.

Known as the Saharan air layer (SAL), this dry, dusty air mass pushes westward off Africa into the tropical Atlantic Ocean about every three to five days from late spring through early fall.

“The air is extremely dry, with about one-half the moisture of the typical tropical atmosphere,” said Jason Dunion, a tropical scientist with NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division in an email.

The SAL is typically located between 5,000 and 20,000 feet above the earth’s surface and is transported westward by bursts of strong winds that are located in the central and western Atlantic at altitudes between 6,500 and 14,500 feet.

It’s easy to see on this NASA animation how the large dust plumes spread westward in early-mid July 2016 across the Atlantic, Caribbean and into the western Gulf of Mexico. Dust in the SAL is indicated by the orange and brown contours.

Animation of total aerosol optical thickness from July 4-11, 2016 highlighting the Saharan air layer (SAL) and embedded Saharan dust traversing the Atlantic Ocean basin, shown by the orange and brown contours in the middle of the image loop. (NASA/GSFC)

To give you a sense of how large these SALs are, Dunion says the outbreak pushing off the African coast on July 12, 2016, was roughly the size of the Lower 48 States.

aharan dust tracks as far west as the Caribbean Sea, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico multiple times each year.

The dust particles can contribute to hazy skies, and rather photogenic sunrises and sunsets in the Caribbean islands and near the Gulf Coast. NASA says the dust can also lead to the creation of toxic algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The dust also reaches South America at times. In fact, a recent study by NASA scientists has found that the dust acts as a fertilizer for the Amazon rainforest.

(MORE: Saharan Dust = Fertilizer For Amazon)

SAL: Hurricane Squasher

It’s not yet well understood if and how the dust itself plays any significant, direct role on tropical cyclones, according to Dunion.

“Some studies have suggested that it (the dust) can affect how clouds and precipitation actually form.”

An SAL can surround and engulf either an active tropical cyclone or a “wanna-be” tropical disturbance. When that happens, the system is suppressed, according to a 2004 study by Jason Dunion of NOAA-HRD and Christopher Velden of the Univerisity of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center.

One such recent example of this was Bertha in early August 2014. While west of the Windward Islands, Bertha was completely surrounded on all sides by an SAL.

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Hurricane Matthew Is The Wrath Of God

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 5, 2016

Poured Out On The Cities Of Orlando And Savannah For Supporting The Evil Sodomites

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Hurricane Matthew is approaching the Florida Atlantic coast and is set to be the largest storm in almost a decade. Meteorologists, weather enthusiasts, and insurance companies alike are watching it carefully, as this storm is predicted to be dangerous and cause major damage especially in the Orlando and Savannah areas:

While all hurricanes are dangerous, something about this storm is particularly unique. As scientists have pointed out, it seems to be gathering strength where it should not, as though the storm was increasing in power from an outside force and in a way not seen before:

A HUGE blob seen on the east side of Hurricane Matthew has baffled tropical storm experts around the world.

As the hurricane heads over the Atlantic towards Haiti, satellite images clearly show the eye of the hurricane on the storm’s west side.

But another large blob-like shape on the east side of Hurricane Matthew has caused confusion among meteorologists and cyclone experts.

Met Office tropical prediction scientist Julian Heming said: “The shape of Hurricane Matthew has been the subject of some discussion by experts over the weekend.” (source)

Notice the large blob on the right of the hurricane. This is unnatural for such a storm and is unexplained by science.

ctxqmlhusaa_unkFlorida is a nice place, but it unfortunately has become a lot like California, representing both the best and the worst that America has to offer. This is especially true in the area of homosexuality. While there are many conservative and religious Floridians, there are a tremendous amount of sodomites and immoral activity that takes place there. Given the serious moral decay of America that we see taking place before our eyes and the increasing disrespect for even the most basic of Christian morality, looking at this storm I began to wonder if perhaps, in some way, it was connected to this crisis.

The word “Hurricane” originally comes from the Taino Indians, a people who inhabited the Caribbean and parts of Florida when the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. The original world, “Huracan,” was a god of evil in their pagan religion, and the natives thought that these storms were attacks from this evil diety. Interesting.

For many years, it has been popular to give Hurricanes a name to distinguish them from others. Certain names, however, are retired from circulation because they are associated with particular catastrophes, such as Hugo (1989), Andrew (1992), and Katrina (2005). This hurricane is named Matthew, which of course comes from the New Testament Evangelist St. Matthew, whose traditional sign used by the early Christians and continuing today in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is that of an angel:

The Book of Kells, the oldest New Testament in Ireland, showing the four evangelists. St. Matthew is depicted as an angel in the upper left quadrant.

Angels -the ones obedient to God- in the Bible always play important roles in executing God’s will, both for aiding man in his struggle for righteousness and punishing him in accordance with God’s will. In the Old Testament angels appeared to Moses when he was in the desert, and the angel St. Raphael came to the aid of Tobit when he was under attack from the demon Asmodeus. In the New Testament it was the angel Gabriel who announced Jesus’ conception to St. Mary, an angel who announced to the Holy women news of Jesus’ resurrection, and it the book of Revelations it is St. Michael the Archangel who battles against the ancient dragon. Yet also in the same Bible it was angels who guarded the entrance to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve were expelled from it on account of their sin, and it was the angel of death who slew by the command of God the firstborn of every living creature in Egypt following Moses prophecy to the Pharaoh about God’s impending punishment for his refusal to free the Hebrews from their bondage. Interesting.

The Bible clearly teaches that in the Old Testament whenever the Hebrews were very disobedient towards God, He would send punishments against them, many times in the forms of natural disasters. Christian history also recognizes the same, where God will use His creation to execute judgment against the wicked. While not all bad weather is necessarily a sign of sin, both sacred scripture and sacred tradition clearly note that it can be so. Now we know that Florida is an area that is infected with sin, especially cities such as Miami and Orlando, which are veritable dens of sodomy. But instead of looking at mere particularities, I thought I would ask a broader question- Is there any “homosexual” activities going on this month in either the Orlando or Savannah areas? Sure enough, I found that both Orlando and Savannah are having massive sodomite pride parades this month, especially in Orlando, which is sponsoring this very weekend as the hurricane is about to hit a massive “coming out” parade sponsored no less than with the major support of the city itself and major corporate backers:

Keep in mind, this was “Orlando Pride 2015”- last year’s parade in the same area:

How interesting it is that Matthew is set to smash Orlando and Savannah during their sodomite parades! But it gets even better.

Matthew is set to hit Orlando early Friday, October 7th, and this Friday is the Feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. Originally dedicated by Pope St. Pius V in 1571 following the Catholic victory over the Ottoman Turkish Navy in the Gulf of Lepanto (also known as the Gulf of Preveza) that destroyed the Ottoman Navy and saved Europe from an Islamic land invasion. The Rosary, originally given by Our Lady to St. Dominic, is a meditation on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and is regarded formally as the second most powerful form of prayer in the Church subordinate only to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is used to crush sin and heresy in all its forms, and is instrumental in the conversion of the worst sinners and most hopeless cases.

The Battle of Lepanto, showing how the prayers of the Rosary defeated the wicked Turkish menace

The Ottoman Turks were known to widely practice the rape of young boys, as they were homosexuals. As we have pointed out before, Islam is anything but “homophobic,”- to say other wise is merely propaganda, as a simple reading of Islamic history and theology shows that not is homosexuality just permissible so long as the appropriate conditions are met, but even meritorious. Islam is the perfect religion for a homosexual, as it allows one to immerse his lust for sin however he desires to.

So let’s put this together.

A hurricane- the storms from an evil being- named after the New Testament Evangelist whose symbol is an angel- a messenger of God and and executor of His will among and upon men- is about to make landfall on the exact area where two massive sodomite parades are taking place and almost to the day for the largest one, and the exact day the hurricane is scheduled to hit is the Feast Day of the Holiest Prayer in the Catholic Church used to fight the most wicked of sins and heresies given by the Mother of God herself.

Coincidence? You be the judge. Personally, given America’s love affair with the worst forms of perversity, it is a sign of His anger against us for our obstinate attitude towards sin and refusal to repent for our evil ways.

You want to stop not this hurricane, but future catastrophes? Then stop sinning, especially with sodomy, as it is one of the four sins in the Bible which cry out to God for vengeance, which we are seeing now.

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Hurricane Survival: Ethiopian Angels Protected Me Over the Years

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Hurricane Matthew Skull: Nightmarish Image Looms Up As Hurricane Wreaks Havoc In Haiti

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 5, 2016

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My Note: As I watched the vice-presidential debate last night I saw a very confused Hurri-Kaine (category 666) in this skull. Kaine = Cain

HURRICANE Matthew resembled a terrifying skull as it smashed into the defenceless island of Haiti yesterday.

An eerie satellite image captured the “skull of Matthew” to the shock of TV meteorologists and viewers across America.

Meteorologist Matt Devitt, from the WINK News team in Florida, said the skull appeared while he was giving the weather forecast at 7.30am local time.

On Tuesday Mr Devitt said: “I can confirm this satellite image of Matthew’s landfall is REAL and not photoshopped.

Captured this morning during my weathercast. Freaky!”

Local 33 and Fox 44 meteorologist Mark Stitz said: “Frightening satellite image of Matthew looking like a skull as it struck Haiti…”

WOOD TV meteorologist Ellen Bacca said the “spooky” image of Hurricane Matthew make it look like the skull had a glowing red eye.

Self-proclaimed weather geek Stu Ostro posted a satellite image of the “sinister-looking” skull online after the eye of the hurricane hit Haiti.

Social media users commented that the skull had an “evil smile” and looked as though it was grinning wickedly.

Some Americans feared that the skull image could be a “bad omen” as the hurricane heads towards Florida and the East Coast this week.

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Hurricane Survival: Ethiopian Angels Protected Me Over the Years

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 4, 2016

Hurricanes: Nature and Nature’s God (my post from October 31, 2012 –Donald Trump implicated)

Hurricane Matthew (Updated)

The Real Home of Hurricanes: Ethiopia?

 

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Hurricanes: Nature and Nature’s God

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 31, 2012

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.[Nahum 1:3]

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they can’t speak. They have eyes, but they can’t see. They have ears, but they can’t hear; neither is there any breath in their mouths.Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.[Psalm 135: 15-18]

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, [Revelation 9:20]

My note: I was thinking about the above Bible verses lately – and this particular image which captivated New Yorkers exactly proves those words. The man-made collapsed crane which is now called, ‘Hurricrane’ is dangling over New York City – while real state tycoon, Donald Trump ‘could see the crane from his apartment window’. Coincidence? Can he see it now? Well, hopefully he is not going to fire someone over this – I assure him that King Kong was not there.

It’s of course, a horrible tragedy what we are witnessing in and around New York these days. Hurricane Sandy, which disrupted the lives of millions of Americans this week, is “a reminder of what the world really is like. Sandy is short for Cassandra, the Greek mythological figure who epitomizes tragedy. The gods gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy; depending on which version of the story one prefers, she could either see or smell the future. But with this gift also came a curse: Cassandra’s warnings about future disasters were fated to be ignored. That is the essence of this tragedy: to know that a given course of action will lead to disaster but to pursue it nevertheless.

The so-called superstorm flooded New York City and battered much of the East Coast. At press time, the storm had killed at least forty-three people and caused an estimated $32 billion in damages to buildings and infrastructure—figures expected to increase in the coming days.

While affluent people can usually insulate themselves from the ordinary effects of nature, we are all ultimately vulnerable, as New York Mayor Bloomberg rightly said yesterday: “I think people don’t understand just how strong nature is”.

Somewhere in the future, each of us has an inescapable appointment with irresistible force. For each one of us, the waters will someday rise, the winds spin out of control, the roof will come off the house and the power will go out for good.

May God have pity on the souls of those who died, and may The Almighty help the victims of those who were lost to move on and readjust their lives.

 

Nature and Nature’s God

While the lights went out across Manhattan tonight, and the city that calls itself the capital of the world was cut off from the mainland as flood waters thundered through its streets, many people around the world watched the spectacle and were reminded just how fragile the busy world we humans build around us really is.

Manhattan is one of those places where nature seems mostly held at bay. Except for the parks, oases of carefully preserved nature deliberately shaped by the hand of man, every inch of the city’s surface has been covered by something man-made. The valleys have been exalted, the mountains laid low and the rough places plain.

Those who live and do their business there pay very little attention to the natural world most of the time. It can be hard to get a taxi in the rain, and the occasional winter snowstorm forces a brief halt to the city’s routine, but the average New Yorker’s attention is on the social world, not the world of nature. What’s happening to your career, your bank account, your friendships and loved ones, the political scene and the financial markets: those are the concerns that occupy the minds of busy urbanites on their daily rounds.

Into this busy, self involved world Hurricane Sandy has burst. Sharks have been photographed (or at least photo shopped) swimming in the streets of New Jersey towns; waves sweep across the Lower East Side; transformers explode on both sides of the Hudson as salt water surges into the tunnels and subways. For a little while at least, New Yorkers are reminded that we live in a world shaped by forces that are bigger than we are; tonight it is easy to identify with the sentiments in John Milton’s paraphrase of Psalm 114:

Shake earth, and at the presence be aghast

Of him that ever was, and aye shall last,

That glassy floods from rugged rocks can crush,

And make soft rills from the fiery flint-stones gush.

Soon, though, the winds will die down and the waters recede. The bridges will open, the roads will be repaired, the water will be pumped from the subways and service restored. New Yorkers will go back to their normal pursuits and Hurricane Sandy will fade into lore.

But events like this don’t come out of nowhere. Sandy isn’t an irruption of abnormality into a sane and sensible world; it is a reminder of what the world really is like. Human beings want to build lives that exclude what we can’t control — but we can’t.

Hurricane Sandy is many things; one of those things is a symbol. The day is coming for all of us when a storm enters our happy, busy lives and throws them into utter disarray. The job on which everything depends can disappear. That relationship that holds everything together can fall apart. The doctor can call and say the test results are not good. All of these things can happen to anybody; something like this will happen to us all.

Somewhere in the future, each of us has an inescapable appointment with irresistible force. For each one of us, the waters will someday rise, the winds spin out of control, the roof will come off the house and the power will go out for good.

We can protect ourselves from a storm like Sandy by taking proper precautions; at the Mead manor we have candles, firewood and food stocked against the possibility that our power will go out. But one day, dear reader, a storm is coming which neither you nor we can survive. The strongest walls, the sturdiest retirement plans stuffed with stocks and CDs, the best doctors cannot protect us from that final encounter with the force that made and will someday unmake us.

Coming to terms with that reality is the most important thing that any of us can do. A storm like this one is an opportunity to do exactly that. It reminds us that what we like to call ‘normal life’ is fragile and must someday break apart. If we are wise, we will take advantage of this smaller, passing storm to think seriously about the greater storm that is coming for us all.

A grand and powerful woman I once knew died after two encounters with cancer and a devastating stroke took her from the realm of normal life into the storm tossed waters that surround us all on every side. She’d never been a religious woman and, growing up in a segregated South where so many churches and churchgoers defended a brutal system of institutionalized injustice and cruelty, she was always a rebel against the conventional piety and ritualized religious life she saw around her.

But late in her life when the winds around her howled and the dark waters were rising, she was driven to face the truth behind the illusions and the pretense, and told the person she loved best in all the world that “I’ve made my peace with God.”

That is something we all need to do. It involves a recognition of our helplessness and insufficiency before the mysteries and limits of life. Like the First Step in the Twelve Step programs, it begins with an acknowledgment of failure and defeat. We each try to build a self-sufficient world, a sturdy little life that is proof against storms and disasters — but none of us can really get that done.

Strangely, that admission of weakness opens the door to a new kind of strength. To acknowledge and accept weakness is to ground our lives more firmly in truth, and it turns out that to be grounded in reality is to become more able and more alive. Denial is hard work; those who try to stifle their awareness of the limits of human life and ambition in the busy rounds of daily life never reach their full potential.

To open your eyes to the fragility of life and to our dependence on that which is infinitely greater than ourselves is to enter more deeply into life. To come to terms with the radical insecurity in which we all live is to find a different and more reliable kind of security. The joys and occupations of ordinary life aren’t all there is to existence, but neither are the great and all-destroying storms. There is a calm beyond the storm, and the same force that sends these storms into our lives offers a peace and security that no storm can destroy. As another one of the psalms puts it, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Accepting your limits and your dependence on things you can’t control is the first step on the road toward finding that joy.

Via Meadia hopes that all our readers survived Hurricane Sandy with their lives intact and their property whole. And more than that, we hope that our readers will take the opportunity that a storm like this offers, step back from their daily lives, and reach out to the Power who plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm. Getting the right connection with the highest power of all not only gives you a place of refuge when the big storm finally comes; it transforms daily life and infuses ordinary occupations with greater meaning and wonder than you ever understood.

The world needs people who have that kind of strength and confidence. Storms much greater than Sandy are moving through our lives these days: the storms shaking the Middle East, recasting the economy, transforming the political horizons of Asia. It will take strong and grounded people to ride these mighty storms; paradoxically, it is only by coming to terms with our limits and weakness that we can find the strength and the serenity to face what lies ahead.

 

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