Thursday, January 14, 2010

Total Devastation

Please, if you can, help these sisters and brothers in Haiti! There are many ways you can donate. I think the American Red Cross is one of the quickest and safest ways to do it right now...but there are many other charities available that are sending aid to this country.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge (Psalm 16:1)
God of the mountains and the seas, the awesome power of nature can be both a wonder as well as a source of tragedy. We cry out to you in this time of great need for all those who are affected.
Almighty and everlasting God, comfort of the sad and strength to those who suffer: Let the prayers of your children who are in any trouble rise to you. We lift up those who have lost loved ones, grant your peace; for those who seek shelter and food, grant your comfort; for those facing illness, grant your healing; for those whose lives have been shattered, grant your strength.
God of wisdom and strength, guide the hands of those who provide emergency relief. We entrust to you those who care for the bereaved, those with the gift of healing, those who carry the burdens of moving debris, and those who distribute much needed supplies. Hopeless as it may seem at times, their work is very important. Give them the endurance that is needed to continue in their good works.
God of all consolation, in the midst of things we do not understand, tragedy too great to comprehend, and grieving too heavy to bear, grant your peace. This is a time when we welcome your Word of hope born into our world. May that hope burn in our hearts.

—From Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

3 comments:

Mary333 said...

I have been praying for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, it is heartbreaking and seems to happen there regularly. This one looks like it may be the worst yet. My local newspaper listed various charities and churches that were taking donations to help them. Red Cross was mentioned on the list and I'm sure our churches will take up collections for the victims, also.

Sarah - Kala said...

Remember that crock pot Italian chicken? It's fantastic! Thanks!

Colleen said...

Beautiful prayer. Thank you.