O Gracious God, we remember when the disciples of Jesus were terrified after a long night on a turbulent sea, they cried to you for help, and you stilled the sea and brought them to safety. We ask now that you comfort and still the hearts of those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irene. We pray for those who have been displaced and whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by the storm. We pray for those whose lives were lost and for those who grieve the loss of a loved one. We pray for those who are attempting to offer help and relief to victims, to repair the roads and bring power back to the darkness. Let your loving grace wash over those who must now face damaged lives, homes, and possessions. Hold them close to yourself until they are sure of the security of your loving embrace. Calm their hearts and still their souls, O Lord, and guide us all in ways that we can support one another. We ask this for the sake of your love. AMEN.