Hurricane Sandy

This past week I had the privilege of attending and speaking at a retreat. I was so focused on retreat planning that I had absolutely no idea that Hurricane Sandy was heading for the Northeast. I actually didn't find out about the Hurricane until Saturday evening and even still I didn't take it seriously. I just kind of shrugged and said "it's just going to be a little rain". On Sunday as we headed back from the retreat center to the college campus I live on I noticed Jersey was in a state of emergency that's when I thought "okay maybe this is serious". It wasn't long before the winds began to gust. I'm talking 60 mph and higher winds. I've seen many windy days but nothing like that! I noticed trees that never EVER moved swaying and bending with the wind.  

I live on a college campus right outside of New York City (the 5 boroughs). We were hit pretty hard especially because there are so many trees around. Some buildings on campus need to receive new power lines all together because they were completely snapped due to trees falling on them. The dorm I reside in never fully lost power due to our back up generator. Compared to the rest of the Tri-state area I can honestly say we have been sitting in the lap of luxury. We never had to worry about food, water or heat. I am so thankful!

Over these past few days I've spent a lot of time in community. Oh yea did I mention classes were cancelled all week? This Hurricane for me was a blessing and a treat. God truly gave me the gift of rest. I do realize that my experience is not everyone's experience and I realize many have lost their homes and are suffering right now. Please join me in praying for those in the Jersey Shore, Coney Island, Farrock away, Manhattan and Staten Island areas. If you live in any of these surrounding areas and would like to help out please check out:

{Me posing next to this super huge willow tree. Poor thing didn't stand a chance against Sandy! 
Willow tree - 0, Sandy - 1}