Charley. Frances. Ivan. And Jeanne. These are names we remember well. No, they’re not our grandchildren’s names. Or the names of family members. They were the 4 hurricanes that crisscrossed Florida in 2004 in what is known as “the year of the hurricane.”

We lived in Temple Terrace, a suburb of Tampa, at the time. So, we know the feelings our friends and family have been experiencing the past several days as hurricane Irma approached. The preparation. Stocking up on bottled water. Watching the news. The anticipation. Being without electricity. Staying home on Sunday since church services were canceled. Seeing the palm trees bend parallel to the ground. Watching the water flow down the street like a river. Hearing the wind howl. And praying.

Read more: https://thepreachersword.com/2017/09/11/word-of-the-week-empathy/

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