Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Prayer After the Earthquake in Haiti....



A Prayer After the Earthquake in Haiti...

Lord, at times such as this,
when we realize that the ground beneath our feet
is not as solid as we imagined,
we plead for your mercy.





As the things we have built crumble about us,
we know too well how small we truly are
on this ever changing, ever moving,
fragile planet we call home
Do not forget us now.


Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor,
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.
They roam the streets with wails of grief
and the names of missing dead.

Comfort them, Lord, in this disaster.
Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still.
And shelter them under your wings
when homes no longer exist.


Embrace in your arms
those who died so suddenly this day.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.


Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion,
we who watch from afar,
as the poorest on this side of the earth
find only misery upon misery.
Move us to act swiftly this day,
to give generously every day,
to work for justice always,
and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.


And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
and our thoughts return to life's rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children
and they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.

For though the mountains leave there place
and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us,
and your promise of peace
will never be shaken.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
now and forever. Amen
-Copyright 2010, Diana Macalintal. Permission is given to reprint for non-commercial use-

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