Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tornado Devastates Moore, Oklahoma

A terrifying nightmare. Details still being sorted. A direct hit on an elementary school. Lives lost, homes obliterated.

This prayer was posted on Facebook last night.

John DeBevoise

Prayer for those in the path of the tornado:

Alas, alas O God, how shall we pray when mayhem and destruction fly down from the sky? In our humanity we live in your creation with the power of storms and the seeming capriciousness of their path. With the disciples we cry out "Master, do you not care that we perish?" O God help those in the aftermath of the terrible storm, the traumatized, the grieving, the injured, the devastated. Reveal the power of your love to help and to heal in the midst of catastrophe. Speak your Word of hope and promise of resurrection in the face of death and loss. Holy Spirit, bring order from chaos, hold the broken together, give energy and strength, clarity and unity, to rescue and emergency workers, physicians and nurses, leaders and citizens. Have mercy on them O God who loves this world: children, families, friends and neighbors who know such great pain and whose hearts and homes are certainly shattered. For we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who stilled the storm, had compassion on the suffering, and rose from the dead. Amen.     I don't know the author, but I do know the One to whom it is prayed.      

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