We pull out our copy of Storm in the Night to read while we snuggle on the couch and talk about our fears – how real they are, how it’s okay to have them and how we had them as a kid too.
We read Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car and talk about the fun they had in that rain and how different that is from Superstorm Sandy.
We draw the shape of the storm on paper (scaled to our map or globe) and lay it over the country where it is affecting people… then we follow it and move it as it goes.
We pull out our Five in a Row Digital Nature Study and record the weather in our nature journal.
We talk about who we know who lives in the danger zones, how they might be affected and how they might be preparing. Or we talk about how we might be affected and how we can be prepared.
We take the opportunity to lean about storm preparedness for our area and to put together a disaster kit, including batteries, flashlights, candles, and water.
We talk about our policemen, medics, firefighters and utility workers who will not get to stay home in their cozy homes, because they will be out serving everyone who has trouble because of the storm. And we talk about how thankful we are for their courage and sacrifice.
We go to this website, this other website and do the fun related activities to learn about hurricanes – what they are, how they form, and if we live in a hurricane prone area. We remind them that God is the Creator of all things, including the weather systems and patterns!
With our older kids, we watch the television or internet coverage and chat about how great the devastation really can be, how the victims might feel in the midst of their power outage, property damage, flooding or other emergency situation, and how grateful we are that we have so, so much here in the United States.
Most importantly, we remember to pray for every person in the path of the storm –
for their safety, for restoration of the damage,
for the Lord to show Himself to them in the midst of the storm,
and for peace to rule in their hearts instead of fear.
And we thank the Lord that He is bigger than this storm, no matter how big it is!
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