My parents live in North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. 

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My dad inspects hog waste lagoons for the state of NC. 

A lagoon is an open depository for hog waste slurry to manage and treat the waste from a large concentration of animals. 

Since Hurrican Florence, the count of dead hogs (including sows with piglets) and dead chickens is uncertain. Tons and tons of dead animals, as well as water contaminated by waste, will be part of the cleanup efforts. 

The death of the animals and the destruction of farms grieves the heart of those whose vocations are related to their lives and care. 

Holy Farmer of All Creation-

Have mercy on farmers and ranchers whose seasons have not been as planned. Console those who are grieving the loss of animal life and the destruction and devastation of their building and land resources. As water recedes in North and South Carolina, we ask You to protect those who are cleaning up from diseases and, through your power, place Divine restraints upon airborne contaminants.

Grant us all wisdom for how to continue in our sanctification- spiritual evolution- toward being better stewards of your creation in all ways.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.

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