Dear God,

We are just beginning to see what hurricane Gustav did in the Carribean. How it pounded Jamaica and Cuba in recent days.

Gustav is right now over the Gulf of Mexico threatening to become stronger as a Hurricane 4 or even 5 in the next 24 hours.

Lord God, I pray for the cities of Lousiana, Miss, Florida , Alabama and other would-be affected areas.  It has been 3 years since that devastating Katrina.  Now Lord, another hurricane is on its way.

We call on you Lord to intervene.  Extend your powerful hands and speak to the winds as you break the hurricane.  Let it vanish before our eyes.  Reduce it Lord to a strong rain – reduce its might, speed and destruction capacity.  Be merciful Lord to the people who have not yet recovered from Katrina.  Be merciful Lord to the little ones, the elderly and the very infirmed who are not able to evacuate because of their conditions.  Lord, the images at the wake of Katrina are still fresh in our souls and our memories.  Unless you intervene Lord, unless you powerfully stop this hurricane, we will see a repeat of the tragedy 3 years ago.

Lord God, thank you for the preparation that is being done now. Thank you that the people are responding and are getting out of the city.  Lord provide provisions for those who have very little in terms of finances and other supplies.  Be particularly tender to single Moms, to the orphans and to the elderly as they gather the things that are important to them, and as they brace themselves what is going to happen.

Dear God, I lift them all in your powerful hands. You are in control.  “Though the oceans rise and thunders roar…” cause us to be still and know you are God…”

In Jesus’ name,

AMEN

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I was one of those who watched till the wee hours in the morning (here in the Philippines) when John McCain presented his VP pick on his 72th birthday.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska stepped out into the podium looking really radiant along with her husband and beautiful daughters.  How the one year old baby was still asleep despite all the noise and cheering in that Republican venue was a great wonder to me.

I was one of those asking “what in the world????!”  and got really interested in how these presidential candidates choose their VP pick.  I could only imagine all the underground work that went into the selection.

So far, I already like Palin despite the light resume. I liked what I heard about what she did in Alaska.  The highest ranking or most liked governor in the United States right now.  And with five kids, wow, that is almost superhuman.

But despite how the Republicans would hardsell Palin and even go as far as saying that “Palin has more executive experience than Obama-Biden combined…”  And somehow, it seems that the Republican virtually handed the electoral college and all those battleground states with the events that just unfolded.  Contrast that to the pomp, electifying visual images, sounds and grandeur of the recent DNC.  The Republicans I feel, made it easier for the Democrats to win this election.

Palin was obviously a good “maverick” and a go getter.  She sounded like a person who gets things done.  Her speech did not sound like any traditional politicians.  Just basically a person who communicated that she is ready to be part of this team ready to get things done.

I like her. But I must admit, I am not too sure about the McCain-Palin ticket right now.  I was hoping it would be Huckabee, Romney and then Arnold! ( hey why not! )

Too bad the RNC may have to be rescheduled because Gustav is coming.

But like everyone, I am looking forward to the debates.  Funny, there will be 3 presidential debates and 1 VP debate. I will be more interested in the gladiatorial showdown between Biden and Palin.

But for now, I am a RE-MOCRAT.