Crazy weather

I live in New York City.  Tonight the public transportation systems shut down as we brace for Hurricane Sandy. Forecasters warn of a possible superstorm that could affect the Eastern Seaboard for days, hitting us with wind, flooding, and power outages.

Families have evacuated their homes, planes have been grounded, schools and businesses will extend the weekend.  People are taking the storm seriously.

A new neighbor told me how scared she is as we rode the elevator down so we could run out and get supplies.  She’s never been in a hurricane before and she didn’t know what to do.  I gave her information on the basics; stock up on water, get a flashlight and batteries, oh, and you might want to tape your windows.  I told her not to be afraid.

It’s good to be prepared.  It’s not helpful to be afraid.  So here’s a solution.

I was on a cross Atlantic plane trip recently.  We hit rough turbulence.  I’m not a fan.  My friends tell me no one is.  I panicked.  I tried to pray but I just felt scared.  Everything I thought I needed to calm me down (a Christian Science magazine or the Bible and Science and Health on my iPad) was in my computer case in the overhead compartment.  We weren’t allowed to leave our seats.

Then I remembered that I had GoVerse on my iPhone.  I clicked on it thinking, “I hope it works without Internet.”  It does.  The day’s theme was “Crisis.”  Ahhhhh!  So perfect.  One of the first quotes I read was from Psalms, “My heart is sore pained within me…Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me….  As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.” 1

That was me.  I felt overwhelmed.  But here, “randomly” chosen by software , I had the perfect quote.  I felt God’s presence and I wasn’t afraid anymore.

The turbulence stopped right then and that was the end of it.

Will you call on God with me now?  There are lots of people in the path of Hurricane Sandy who could use our help.

By Amy Richmond


  1. Ps. 55:4-5, 16


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi from the top of a mountain on a glorious morning in the western U.S.! Just saw the wonderful wing tip fingers on a hawk as she lifted from a pine tree. But the most inspiring site is the church tower rising from the view below me . Only last year it’s roof was demolished in what we call out here “devil” winds.And now the roof and tower are totally restored. Thinking of you all in the east and worldwide as the theme for my day is RESTORATION!!!

  2. Susan says:

    As Hurricane Sandy swirls, the American political climate is telling us there is a “perfect storm” of human egos and agendas, arguing around and around the issues. Polls measure the daily up and down “temperature” of public thought, amidst considerations of “who shall be greatest” — as the hurricane touches key states “up for grabs” in the Presidential election.

    But storms in weather and thought have no mind of their own. God is the only Mind, and God is good. And God alone is in charge of this universe — earth — weather — government — individual ability — to make good decisions. Error-based threats to this goodness can be faced and put down, especially as we unite in prayer around the globe.

    Just after Jesus calmed the storm on the Galilean Sea, as related in Mark in the Bible, he went to the country of the Gadarenes where he encountered a man with a “legion” of mental ailments. But Jesus knew God was the ultimate authority and power — God, good who loves and heals us. And by invoking God’s law and clear love for His child, the man was healed and found “in his right mind.”

    The law of God governs and creates all of us in our “right mind” to reflect His/Her almighty Goodness. And we can rise up and follow the Master in subduing inharmony everywhere. As Mary Baker Eddy discovered: “Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind and not of the immortal. . . . It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.”

    No “erring power” prevails where and when we join together to affirm with authority that God’s goodness prevails — and selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure thoughts have no influence over us and our brothers and sisters. No power apart from God exists to remove ever-present divine Good. No influence can trump man’s health, well-being, or safety in the presence of God. No matter-based fear can bring an influence (influenza) to make man un-well.

    This blog invites us all to unite in a powerful way to prove our dominion over evil. The law of God, good, is what truly governs all men and nations. As Mrs. Eddy proved: “To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science [the law of God].”

  3. Amy says:

    Another weather-related prayer opportunity:

    Depression turns into cyclone; to cross TN-AP coast tomorrow

    CHENNAI, OCT 30: A deep depression lying 500 km south-east of Chennai has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is expected to cross the coast between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow, bringing in torrential rains in the region.

    The system, named ‘Nilam’, as suggested by Pakistan under the cyclone naming procedure, would move northwestwards and cross the coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by tomorrow afternoon/evening.
    Under the influence of the storm, rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 12 hours, an bulletin issued by Area Cyclone Warning Centre here at 1 pm said.

    It forecasts heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more) in the region during the subsequent 36 hours.

    “Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 12 hours. The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast,” it said.

  4. Pamela says:

    Thank you all so much!

    I have been praying nonstop here in NYC to arrest fear and still the stormy thought. It felt as if I silently recited the entire Bible during the night! I spoke briefly yesterday morning with a neighbor I barely know who was quite fearful. Afterward she remarked, “I’m glad you’re in this building. You have good hurricane karma” (made me smile). It’s the Christ that touched us both.

    Early today came this snippet from a hymn:
    “Our Father answers every call;
    ‘Tis He dispels the clouds of gray”

    Right now I am grateful for many ways I am seeing proof of constant good, God, present right now, no matter what appears in the human scene. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand.” The night seems like the dream it truly was.

  5. Julia says:

    Thank you, Amy, for this article, and Chet, for your comments (and all of the others too).  I was so aware, yesterday, all day long, of the collective thoughts and prayers — “the circle of spiritual power and protection” — God’s care –  surrounding, embracing and holding everyone and everything in Love.

    As a resident of NYC, I remain very grateful for all of the preparations that the city instigated to insure maximum protection and efficiency for all folks impacted by the storm.  There was great calm expressed — even as, on Sunday afternoon,  I waited in a line wrapped all the way around the block outside of Trader Joe’s for 30 minutes to go in and get some groceries!  People were calm, peaceful, and neighborly with one another as all were doing practical things to “batten down the hatches.”

    The Bible verse that remains most present in my thought is

    “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (King James Version)

    Here are a couple of other great Bible translations:

    Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! (Amplified Bible)

    I love the sense that to “let be”  is to stop everything, let go of all the fear, worry, anxiety, overwhelm etc.  Or to say it John Lennon’s way, “Let it be.”  Let go!  But don’t stop there.  Then to “be still”  says to me to get quiet.  It says to get ready, prepare for the message, the blessing, the healing.  And to “know” is to literally feel what is true.  Feel it with conviction!  And what is true is this: God’s loving ever presence is with each one of us now and in all situations. Quietly, actively knowing and understanding this fact, raises up our thinking, our actions and our feeling.  That’s exalting and praising God!

    And from The Message Bible — this is in context of Psalms 46:8 to 11:

    “Attention, all! See the marvels of GOD! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
    Psalm 46:9-11 (in Context)

    Wow!  I love that we are reminded in verses 8 and 9 to pay attention and acknowledge the Allness of God and His love for his entire creation.
    Then we are asked to “step out of the traffic!” — be still
    “Take a long, loving look at me”  — recognize, understand and know
    “your High God” — I am God — and I am right here with you
    “above politics and everything”  — God is exalted above all, governs all, includes all, and embraces all.  This really covers everything swirling around in thought/storm/aftermath right now!  Pretty wonderful.

  6. Lisa says:

    So grateful for the way God is moving thought in prayer today. “We all must find shelter from the storm and tempest in the tabernacle of Spirit.” – Mary Baker Eddy

  7. Clark says:

    I really appreciate this opportunity to share ideas with my time4thinkers family. As our family got practically ready for the hurricane I prayed about how to explain this to my children. At first I wasn’t planning on explaining the magnitude of how dangerous the hurricane could be. I figured it was wise to protect the innocence of childhood, but then I spoke to my parents and they reminded me how important it is to explain things to children not just for practical reasons so they know what to expect but because their innocent thought can be healing. I explained that we were safe but we had to pray for all the other people affected by the hurricane. So we had a very simple prayer in our home. “It matters not what be thy lot,          So Love doth guide; For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,          Whate’er betide.” A hymn written by mbe called satisfied. My little daughter said to her father just before going to bed tonight , “God is going to pick up the hurricane and throw it away” I’m grateful to be reminded that these are Opportunities to pray with our children about our community around us.  How are your children praying with you for the community ?

  8. Heather Libbe says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful blog, Amy! What a powerful example of the effectiveness of prayer & how wonderful that not only you, but everyone on board the plane, was protected! Here’s the first verse of  Hymn #213 that I have enjoyed thinking about all day: “O God, our help in ages past, / Our hope for time to come, / Our shelter from the stormy blast, / And our eternal home.”

    Appreciate everyone’s comments, as well!!

  9. itsaboutgood says:

    Hello family!
    I’ve found some of the commentary whout ties between the political “storm” before the election and the weather “storm” happening right now very telling.

    Harmony is man’s natural state – there are no poles, no extra hot or extra cold, just a perfect, balanced state of being felt and expressed by all of us. God’s face of joy and love governs the jet streams, air waves, and campaign trail.

    We are one nation under God, under good, under love for our brother, indivisible, with liberty from chaos and fear, and justice, in times of panic, for all – and all means all!

    This passage from Science and Health in this week’s Bible Lesson is deeply healing put into this specific context, “The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin [storm], which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth [shining face of God]; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin [storm] and prove man’s heritage [all created equal in the eyes of God] the liberty of the sons of God” (315: 16-20).

    Thank you for the prayerful inspiration, family!

  10. mclean says:

    Hi Amy and all,

    These articles have been a great source of comfort for me today:

    Weather, under control’s collection:

    God’s Law of Adjustment

    Rebel against Hurricanes

  11. Amy says:

    I’m so grateful to each and every one of you who is praying with me and the millions of others who are turning to a higher power to help us.  xoxox

  12. JD says:

    Definitely been praying all day Amy.  One of the things I sent out a message to some of my CS practitioner friends on facebook about was Mrs. Eddy’s expectations that members of her household would be on watch to pray to negate harmful weather.  She really expected that weather could be met and handled in thought.  We are definitely on watch right now, handling these thoughts.  :-)

  13. judie says:

    It I too love the line in Mrs Eddys him, “for storm or shine, pure peace is thine, whate’re be tide. In a testimony in the Journal re fires in CA, the practitoner told the one in fear as the fire moved closer…;LOOK RIGHT AT IT TILL YOU SEE THE FACE OF GOD!” I am thinking of that too as I pray for all those in the so called path.

  14. sushi says:

    This definition of “wind” jumped off the page for me when evacuated from my Florida home with a hurricane threatening the east coast: “That which indicated the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government, encompassing all things.” (p. 597 Science and Health) I know many others were praying as well. Interestingly, the hurricane never hit.

  15. Jens Borghoff says:

    Reminds me of HIM sleeping in the boat while everybody else was very upset. So guys have a good sleep! Best regards from GER Jens

  16. Pamela says:

    I am finding comfort in this line from Mrs. Eddy’s poem – “For storm or shine, pure peace is thine” !

    I’m in NYC too and am filled with quiet joy and gratitude to be in the midst of millions of God’s children, opening their hearts to help one another.  There are so many people praying! Thanks to all of you for praying. And just think,  if one on God’s side is a majority…. :)

    Love to all,


  17. Annette-D says:

    I too, am using the Bible lesson this week to pray about the storm.  Not just the storm hitting the Eastern US, but the storm of chaos and indecision that seems so prevalent right now.  I’m holding to this passage from the S&H, “The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.” 470:32

    Perpetual harmony is the true nature of God and His creation.


  18. TMC Youth says:

    Spiritual calm in a crisis

    Millions are actively praying as Hurricane Sandy begins to make landfall on the east coast of the US.  In support of these prayers, we wanted to share a Christian Science lecture given in The Philippines after a super typhoon struck the country several years ago.  TMC Youth held a Summit there a few months later and Chet Manchester gave a talk entitled “Spiritual Calm in a Crisis” in Baguio City.  It opens with the harrowing story of how a priest saved the lives of dozens of orphans during a tsunami in Sri Lanka and how, just up the coast, a Christian Scientist and her family experienced protection when the same tsunami slammed into their hotel.  In this talk, Chet explores power of the Christ to calm human fear and restore peace in the midst of any crisis.

  19. Isobel says:

    The anxiety is tangible, even to those of us out of range. but so grateful to see the community rise up in support. These thoughts & prayers shared here are strong assurances. A friend sent  a graphic with the words of MBE: “For storm or shine, pure peace is thine…” and got me thinking about my own thought and the benefits of peace and clarity in the midst of storm experiences, recognizing this quality of thought as within reach for all. Just after, another friend’s email links this article from the Christian Science Monitor called “Just a Touch” on calmness. Quote: The word “calm” has been described as a period, or condition, of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water; a state of tranquility.

    Once I had to face down my fears of danger when I had to take a ship from Pt. Barrow, Alaska to the Panama Canal in a huge Pacific storm. The blessing was that we ended up traveling in the eye of the storm, the calmest spot, for the duration of the trip. Strangely, the “eye” seemed to travel at our speed and stay with us until we reached Los Angeles, where the storm petered out while we stopped for supplies. So I know it is possible to find peace, safety and calm in the middle of a storm.



  20. jenny says:

    I love this idea of a circle of spiritual power, Chet. Thank you so much for this compelling image.

  21. jenny says:

    Thanks to everyone for these helpful and inspired ideas. In thinking about the weather, I was struck by this line from Science and Health (p. 255): “‘Let there be light’ is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.” I love the idea that light–in other words, harmony, safety, peace, stability–is the demand God is making on Himself. It’s not up to us to pray chaos into harmony, though we can be witnesses to God’s eternal harmony. But it’s God who creates harmony, and who is capable of enforcing and perpetuating it. And God gives us the mental clarity to see that harmony, even in the face of so-called crazy weather. I’m thanking God for this light and this clarity–reflected by each of us–right now.

  22. Nitya says:

    Thanks for giving us the chance to share ideas on this topic Amy! I was looking up (in the Amplified Edition of Christian Healer), the various instances where Mrs Eddy was able to disperse storms in just instants with her prayer. Wonderful examples. In one of them (pg 355), she is quoted as saying “There are no clouds to hide God’s face, and there is nothing that can come between the light and us – it is divine Love’s weather”. and on pg 385, “When I wanted to dispel a storm, I did not say, ‘There is no thunder and no lightning,’ but I said, ‘God’s face is there, and I do see it.’” How wonderful is that! Gave me some great inspiration to work with :)

  23. Chet says:

    Glad you shared this and sent out this appeal for prayer, Amy.  I know there are literally millions of people praying about this right now.  Jesus said that just a few could have an impact – “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them…”  This “spiritual gathering” is what I’ve been cherishing and affirming.  Not a gathering of physical forces or wind or wave, but a gathering of Christ-focused love and prayer.  Instead of that massive circle of cloud and wind that we’ve been seeing all over the news, I’ve been keeping my eye on the circle of spiritual power and protection that comes up again and again in Bible stories like Gideon and the 300 who stood in a circle and all broken their lanterns and shouted at once; or Joshua and the children of Israel who circled around the walls of Jericho and shouted together; or Elisha who prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened when they were surrounded by enemies – and he suddenly saw chariots of fire round about Elisha.  So, what is round about New York City and the whole eastern seaboard right now?  The all-power of God’s presence and the all-presence of God’s power.  I’m grateful we can stand together as spiritual thinkers and stick with this!

  24. Ariana says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas Amy!  I was thinking about this storm as I was praying this morning too.  I love this week’s lesson on “Adam and Fallen Man.”  Its focused on correcting the concept that there was a time when mankind fell out of God’s care because of their own actions.  But are always the full expression of God.  That relationship is a constant.  And the same goes for nature.  Its simply an expression of the Divine, so it can’t be destructive or chaotic.  So this morning I’m cherishing the harmony, peace, and stillness that is always expressed by God’s creation.

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