I pray for all victims
of natural disasters
those maimed and
injured or killed,
those whose property is destroyed
those who are severely depressed,
those who lose family and loved ones,
and those among them who, with Your support,
find the courage to begin again.
Give them love and revitalized purpose.
Send them renewal and strength of will.
Send them sturdy supporting faith.
Make them whole again, and energized
as they strive to repair, rebuild
and normalize their lives once more.
Provide hope to all these people.
Send energy for their daunting tasks.
Bless them richly as they go forward.
Hold them gentle, Jesus: they suffer.
Be close to them all in their need.
As they rebuild, give them strength.
I pray you dear God of Hope,
Guide us all forward.
Hold us close,
Now and always
In Your heart,
I pray you, Jesus.
Help me understand the
of the violent eruptions of nature
from which mankind often suffers:
hurricanes and forest fires, floods,
tsunamis and earthquakes.
Let me realize
that what may seem
evidence of divine wrath may rather be
a fatherly warning, but also a challenge
which, with Your help, we can survive.
Life, and this
world, are gifts
from You to us. They come with no assurance
that we will always have fair weather
and smooth sailing.
It is when we meet the
of life that we are really at our very best.
that every earthly catastrophe
and every personal difficulty and set-back
can make me reassess my faith, and realize
more vitally that this life is fleeting,
that treasures stored up here on earth
are unsubstantial, and that a better,
eternal, life awaits all who hear
and obey Your Divine Word.
Let nature's violence remind me
of Your Power. Warn me against Your wrath.
motivate me to remember You always
and guide me to act in ways
deserving of Your love.
Let every sadness and loss remind me
that the things of this world are indeed ephemeral and all are
doomed to disappear.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
where the rust and moth consume and thieves
break through and steal. But lay up treasures
in heaven - where neither the rust nor moth
can consume, and where thieves cannot break through nor steal.
-- Matthew 6:19-20
We cannot know Your mind
but we can know that You always love us
and care for us all.
(c) 2011 Donn B. Murphy
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