Sunday, August 28, 2011


Did you know that the name "Irene" means "peace"? I found that ironic.

The "hurricane" was downgraded to a "tropical storm" by the time she arrived here in Massachusetts. Really, for us, it wasn't anything to write home about. I know many people are suffering a lot of damage and loss, and I feel for them. We were lucky and just had a rainy, windy day with lots of fallen branches and a power outage that only lasted a few hours. The news had really hyped the whole thing up, and lots of people stocked up on water and canned goods, boarded up their windows, etc. We were either too skeptical or too stupid to do any of this, so it's fortunate for us that the storm didn't cause much damage.

Nevertheless, I had "Behold, God the Lord passed by" from Mendelssohn's Elijah stuck in my head all day because of the reference to "a mighty wind."

Behold! God the Lord passed by.
And a mighty wind rent the mountains round,
brake in pieces the rocks, brake them before the Lord:
but yet the Lord was not in the tempest.

Behold! God the Lord passed by.
And the sea was upheaved, and the earth was shaken:
but yet the Lord was not in the earthquake.

And after the earthquake there came a fire:
but yet the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire there came a still small voice:
and in that still voice, onward came the Lord.
(1 Kings, xix. 11, 12.)

A good piece of music for any day, but especially for a day like today.

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