Almost a year after Hurricane Maria

Coming from a tropical island I have always known hurricanes are not a force to take lightly. As a younger girl, I lived through two big hurricanes, plenty of tropical storms, and hurricanes that did not touch land but did affect the island. However, I was not there for the biggest hurricane that affected my little island of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria.

Those days were heart-wrenching, nerve-wracking, and a blow to the stomach, all at the same time. Not knowing about our loved ones for days was the hardest part. Being able to eat good food not knowing if they had any food at all on their plates was the worst feeling you could ever imagine. We all had to go through very dark days as information began to slowly come out of the island.

Some of you may know that when a baby is born, the First 48 hours are very special and important. Well, with Maria, the First 48 hours felt like a week and were nothing close to special. They were important though because through them God taught me more about trusting Him. It was hard to not cry and stay calm when all you heard was that the island was destroyed. In fact, it has been almost a year since Maria wrecked Puerto Rico and there are still people without homes or power!

Now, the Carolina’s are faced with Hurricane Florence who is thankfully not as strong as Maria. However, many are left to wonder what will be of their homes and belongings. All those dark feelings come crawling up our skin as we are still healing from what happened. I live in Virginia and we are getting tropical storm forces up here, but there is still that uncertainty of what will happen. All I know is that no matter what happens, God will take care of His loved ones. There may be destruction, and there will be tears, but we will get through this and come out stronger.

I recently heard that you first need to fall in order to get up so we will rise! I know we are strong. So do not doubt it, you will rise!

Anchored in Faith,

Hermaris

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