Editorial: Prayers for the East Coast residents-A A +A
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
LATE last night, we were still glued to our television sets, hoping and praying that the franken-storm that Hurricane Sandra was labeled as will spare our friends and relatives in the East Coast of the United States.
In this times when our friends and relatives are populating the world, seeking their fortune and building a better life for their families, we cannot help but hold vigil with them whenever catastrophes hit.
While we cannot do much to stem the damages expected from the hurricane, we have our faith to help us weather any storm. Prayers we can send out to everyone, and hopes of fast recovery from whatever damage are wrought.
The way the chief of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) described what has been bearing down on them should convince us to stand back and wait instead of pushing on and insisting we get first-hand news.
As Fugate said in NBC's "Today" show, "I have not been around long enough to see a hurricane forecast with a snow advisory in it."
To reach out to our friends and relatives out there right away may not be advisable as they have to conserve whatever stored power they have to help them through the worst, this is when our acumen in social networking will come to fore.
The individual messages we send out can easily be sent out collectively, prudence is the word, prudence is what we should be observing. Reach out but do not bother, they have a lot to attend to, they have their lives to pick up. But ensure open lines of communication so they can reach out when they already can.
It may sound pathetic to some, but prayers are our best recourse until the sun shines again.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 31, 2012.