For those affected by Volcán de Fuego we pray.
We pray for those who grieve the loss of families and friends
in El Rodeo and La Libertad,
and for those wounded and those evacuated.
We pray for those under ash,
in Guatemala City,
Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Esquintla.
We pray for for those who have lost power,
for those who depend on the
bridge between Sacatepequez and Escuintla.
We pray for those who fear mudslides
swollen rivers, more bridges collapsing,
acid rain and earthquakes.
And we pray for a spirit of compassion
to enter all nations,
not a numbing to many stories
of natural disaster.
We pray in thanksgiving
for the courage
of those who place themselves in danger,
the kindness of those who help neighbors,
the resilience of the old
who have seen many sufferings
and the hope of the young,
whose hands will change the world.