Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe, we turn to you asking your protection for all who face destructive storms these days of summer.  May the hurricanes and tropical storms stay out to sea and quickly lose their terrifying strength and harmful winds and rains. Watch over those poorer areas of the world that do not have the means to protect themselves from the ravages of nature.  Protect us all from the danger that the world in all its beauty and wonders still possess: the power to destroy life and livelihoods of people.  Help us to be generous to the victims of poverty and famine, poor housing and even the bad decisions made without the thoughts of consequences; may we generously reach out  to victims of these tempests.  Help us Lord to enjoy the goodness of summer without threats or fears or destroying storms. Protect us from all the storms that separate us from you and threaten our world. AMEN