August 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and continued making its way up the Eastern seaboard of the United States where hurricane warnings were in effect all the way to Massachusetts. President Barack Obama declared an emergency for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. More than 2.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes. In New York City, where the storm is expected to hit Sunday as a Category I hurricane, the entire subway and bus system was shut down.

Satelitte picture of Hurricane Irene"This is probably the largest number of people that have been threatened by a single hurricane in the United States," said Jay Baker, a geography professor at Florida State University. It has been estimated that as many as 60 million people are in the path of this giant storm. For them and their loved ones, we offer this Prayer for Protection originally written by Unity minister James Dillet Freeman for soldiers during World War II. It was carried to the moon by astronaut Col. James Aldrin on Apollo 11 and by Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the first manned moon landing.

And so we pray this news . . .

The Prayer for Protection

The Light of God surrounds me.
The Love of God enfolds me.
The Power of God protects me.
The Presence of God watches over me.
The Mind of God guides me.
The Life of God flows through me.
The Laws of God direct me.
The Power of God abides within me.
The Joy of God uplifts me.
The Strength of God renews me.
The Beauty of God inspires me.
Wherever I am, God is!

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