A Prayer for victims of tornadoes
God of Creation,
Your ways are mysterious to us. We know that we were created by You out of love, as part of the whole of creation, called into being by Your voice, and You pronounced “It is good.”
The earthquake long ago broke open the tomb; earthquakes still ravage the earth and cause enormous destruction. You spoke to Job out of the whirlwind; but the whirling winds have blown across the Midwest and especially Oklahoma over the past few days. The floods subsided and allowed the ark to land, for life to re-enter the earth; though flood waters continue to rise from monsoons and hurricanes, and other storms.
God, Your Creative power is still at work, in the calming winds, in the receding waters, in the settling earth. When the chaos of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes shatters our lives, Loving God, You are at work in our brothers and sisters who come to our aid, who bring healing and hope. When the violence of the world drives in a wedge, Loving God, You are at work in the peacemakers, in the caregivers, in our neighbors who love us, even when we are strangers.
Mighty God, You call us into action to be Living Hope for the world. You have called us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to lift up those in need, through prayer and the sharing of our time, talents, finances, and our very selves. Guide us in the best ways to be Living Hope for those who are heartbroken, for those who are mourning, for those who have lost everything. Help us to be Your servants, to be the Living Hope this world needs. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend, who gave His life for us and calls us to be the Hope for the World, we pray always. Amen. –source: rev-o-lution.org
A Prayer in time of Natural Disaster
O God, you divided the waters of chaos at creation.
In Christ you stilled storms, raised the dead,
and vanquished demonic powers.
Tame the earthquake, wind, and fire,
and all the forces that defy control or shock us by their fury.
Keep us from calling disaster your justice.
Help us, in good times and in distress,
to trust your mercy and yield to your power, this day and for ever.
- United Methodist Book of Worship, 509, Andy Langford, USA, 20th Century.
A Prayer for First Responders
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. - adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal