In Hebrew the meaning of the word is “God’s promise or God’s oath.” I would be surprised if anyone knew the answer. So here are a couple more clues. It’s the most popular name in the Faroe Islands and Sweden. It is the name of one of the main characters in Disney’s movie Frozen or Maria’s rival in The Sound of Music. So I’ll give you the answer in the last question. What is the name of the current storm moving toward us?  As I write Elsa is making its way over Cuba and then will enter into the Gulf.  Meteorologists are paying attention to the variety of factors that move storms to and fro, all for the purpose of keeping us informed. Being safe is our choice. Here are some general facts from weather.gov. Each year, an average of ten tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Many of these remain over the ocean. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. In an average 3-year period, roughly five hurricanes strike the United States coastline, anywhere from Texas to Maine, killing approximately 50 to 100 people. Of these, two are typically major hurricanes (winds greater than 110 mph).The storm’s outer rain bands (often with hurricane or tropical storm-force winds) are made-up of dense bands of thunderstorms ranging from a few miles to tens of miles wide and 50 to 300 miles long. Hurricane-force winds can extend outward to about 25 miles in a small hurricane and to more than 150 miles for a large one. Tropical storm-force winds can stretch out as far as 300 miles from the center of a large hurricane. Frequently, the right side of a hurricane is the most dangerous in terms of storm surge, winds, and tornadoes. We’re going to be impacted. Probably lots of rain and storm force winds. There’s no need to be overactive but neither should we be too causal. It’s important to have a plan and then to prepare. For ongoing information we have attached the link to the Sarasota County Emergence Management daily reports https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=5af6dc58e4c54739a2949fc005f7b24c
We also have a Sarasota County Emergence event box on our homepage.  Be smart and be safe.

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 20:4
“May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans…”

Reflection Questions:
What is you hurricane plan?
What does your name mean?
What’s your heart’s desire?

Prayer: Holy God, I have built my life on a strong foundation so when the wind blows hard and the storm surges, I am at peace because I know you are with me. Amen.