Devoted reader Eric sent me this soon after the earthquake in Haiti. It is a timely reminder.
I found the following prayer and wonder if you may want to use it a month or two from now when we have all been tempted to treat Haiti as simply old news.
A Prayer for Those Suffering in Haiti
O God, we remember when the disciples of Jesus were terrified after a long night on a turbulent sea. When they cried to you for help, you stilled the sea and brought them to safety. We ask now that you comfort and still the hearts of those who are suffering in Haiti. We pray for those who have been displaced and who now must return to homes that are destroyed or damaged. We pray for those whose lives were lost and for those who now must grieve the loss of a loved one. We pray for those who are attempting to offer help and relief to victims. While we wonder why such devastation can occur, where lives and property can seem held so capriciously in the hand of what is uncontrollable, we know, O God, that you count every hair on our head and that our names are written on the palm of your hand. Let your loving grace wash over those who must now face damaged lives, homes, and possessions. Hold them close to yourself until they are sure of the security of your loving embrace. Calm their hearts and still their souls, O Lord. We ask this for the sake of your love. AMEN.