Tonight, for instance, wild winds are afoot - or should I say, a-flight? We're sustaining 25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 and 50 mph probable. This advisory is in effect until about 3 a.m. - that means many folks in this park will be listening in the dark, praying as I am, that nothing will detach off our homes and fly around in here and need repairs and/or replacement come morning. I expect there will be plenty of orphaned trash cans, too, since tomorrow is trash day and folks often put them out overnight.
Anyhow, my prayers aren't just for my home. That is a big concern, of course. My home is almost 40 years old and things can happen.
But my biggest concerns are for those in here with other worries, too. Some fear power outages in winds like this. Those folks are often on 24/7 oxygen, and/or nebulizers, which depend on power. Some of them are alone and must deal with finding everything in the dark, if that happens.
And others have homes even older and in worse condition than mine is in. I worry for them.
Even in some of our dust-devil episodes in here, we've often seen whole awnings ripped off carports and sailing through the community. They can hit other homes, damaging them, or hit cars parked in unrelated driveways.
Those are just a few concerns.
Sweet Jesus, you who walked on water and calmed the stormy sea, please take a moment tonight to glance our way. Many, many folks in here have faith in you and trust in your loving care. Please protect our homes and property this worrisome night. Please ensure that no one in here has any damage because of these winds. We love you and we trust you!