Prayer for Texas as the floodwaters recede

God, as the waters recede
after the disappointing ravenly
not-yets of this long, wet week,
send a dove of peace
for those who are grieving
deaths from Tropical Storm Imelda,
and a dove of the spirit
that is holy because it connects
people to one another.

For cleaning, give energy,
for waters filled with vibrio
and other infections, give caution,
for snakes, even alligators,
give vigilance and watching
over children.

For damage, give rebuilding,
even rebuilding
what is so recently new,

for discouragement —
because, after Harvey,
this wasn’t going to happen again —
give the olive branch we all need,
which is shared kindness,
and the rainbow of blessing,
which is new hope. amen

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