Creator of the heavens and the earth
help us to understand and put into perspective
the terrifying tragedies, sufferings and deaths
caused by natural disasters.
do not believe, as in times past,
that these calamities are brought down
on particular countries or communities
as divine vengeance against
them, as if they were modern-day Sodoms and Gomorrahs.
Rather we see them as reminders
to all God's people of Your power, Your wrath
against general sins of the world,
and as Your admonition that we not lay up
for ourselves treasures here on earth,
where the thief breaks in, the moth consumes,
and the winds and waters can sweep awa.
always pray, dear God, for the people affected
by these calamities of nature,
and let us be quick to offer what aid
and succor we can.
us to understand these inscrutable,
and seemingly heartless events,
in the long perspectives of history
Those who suffer and those who die,
may merit eternal life specifically through the
salvific merit of heroically enduring these tragedies
and supporting their fellow men and women in the
Those who come to the aid of others
are heroes and saints.
Let us never presume to blame You
as a wrathful God for we know that Your ways,
Lord, are mysterious and cannot be fully comprehended
by us in this life.
We are Your creations, to do with
as You will.
Certainly we can see that in time the fires,
the earthquakes, the long-suffering illnesses
do come to an end.
Let us be surely confident that all sorrows will
be forgotten if eternal happiness
us, God, Master,
Lord Creator of the Universe,
to accept the trials of life along with
the joys of life and to know that ultimately we
are safe, eternally, in Your loving care.
will carry on.
One of the most memorable photographs
I remember from the flood not so long ago
in New Orleans was of a smiling elderly woman
volunteer: She was passing out groceries
at a Red Cross station, although her own home
had been destroyed by the waters.
believe her faith in You had made her whole.
We believe, Oh Lord. Help us in our unbelief!
2011 - Donn B. Murphy
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