Prayers for the victims of the storms in Madison and across the country

O God, who spoke in earthquake, wind, and fire, who answered Job out of the whirlwind, pour out your mercy and grace on all those who have been affected by the recent storms. We pray for all  those who have been injured or suffered loss to their property. We pray also for those who have responded to the disasters and those working in recovery efforts. May all of them, and us, know the calming presence of Jesus Christ, who said to the wind and waves, “Peace be still.” All this we ask in His name, Amen.

Almighty Father, who laid the foundation of the earth and set the limit of the sea, whose Son wept at the grave of Lazarus his friend and endured the cross for our salvation, strengthen with your grace all victims of natural disasters, especially the victims of the recent storms. Grant rest and peace to the dead, healing to the wounded, strength and endurance to those who rebuild. May all who grieve know the consolation of your love, and by your grace, help us to seek you even in the midst of things we cannot understand. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (from Calvary Episcopal Church, Louisville, KY)

 

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