Prayers in the Time of a Disaster

Bring hope and peace with whatever lies ahead

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all as we wait in uncertainty. Bring hope and peace with whatever lies ahead.  Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided.  For your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.

 

– Adapted from a New Zealand Prayer Book, page 765

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Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.

By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through you, our rock and redeemer.

– Jesuit Prayer

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God, you are in the midst of those who suffer
May all affected by disasters feel your healing presence.

God, you are in the hands of those who reach out
Help responders in their courageous work.

God, you are in the hearts of those compassionate ones
Whose prayers cry out for their families
Whose prayers cry out for their neighbors
Whose prayers cry out even for strangers
Bless and comfort those who mourn.

God, you are in the still small voice,
The gentle whisper that follows
May our ears always hear
May our hearts always cry out for one another
May our hands always reach out to one another
And may we always walk like you walk
In solidarity with those who suffer
And so reflect your presence and comfort.

– Prayer adapted from Catholic Relief Services

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Be our light in the darkness, O Lord,
And in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this time;
May we be reminded that when we pray for “us” it means *everyone,* not just our loved ones
And may our collective actions reflect this prayer
For the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ

– Jason Evans, Missioner for Missional Communities for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

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