It has now been a few hours since the tsunami warning in Hawaii has been cancelled. My family is safe at home, unpacking all the belongings they packed up, draining the bathtubs they filled with water, and bringing everything back down to ground level. They spent half of the night preparing and all day waiting, and in the end, nothing happened. Prayers of gratitude are now needed to thank the Lord for passing over Hawaii, for a safe, uneventful day atop Temple Hill in Laie.
All the news sites have tsunami videos, as reminders of the tragedies of the past. Watching just a few of those made me even more grateful for the outcome of this day.
While much of the world went about the routines of the day, hundreds of thousands of people fled to higher ground to wait, hope and pray. I was shopping and having lunch. They were watching, waiting, listening and wondering. I feel overwhelmed and blessed to know that this natural disaster was just a close call this time. My prayers of gratitude have begun.