Prayer before reading scripture in a time of natural disaster

God, open our spirits and our hearts
to the gentle strength of these old words.

May they be received
not as platitudes
but as living water from deep wells.

May they calm the frightened,
comfort those who grieve,
steady those shocked
by losses of home or income,
encourage emergency responders,
give patience to those
who wait for rescue, assistance,
or news of those they love.

May they fill us all
with the flexible backbone
of the saints of God –
to bend and to endure. amen.

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4 Responses to Prayer before reading scripture in a time of natural disaster

  1. Jane Fisler Hoffman says:

    Always appreciate your writing, Maren. Are you planning a book of these “prayers before…”? Hope so!

  2. dabar96 says:

    Blessed are the flexible, for their branches do not snap in the wind.

  3. Maren says:

    That’s a wonderful image!

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