Prayer after the earthquake in Turkey

God, who is never the causer
of the earthquake
the wind, the wildfire,

but who is in them
deeply, wholly in them all,
our companion,
walking across the shaking earth
speaking from the epicenter
with your sustaining longed-for silence,
gathering those so afraid
to listen to the list of casualties,
and comforting those who mourn.

Hear the prayers of all the world
for Turkey – for Sivrice,
and for all of eastern Elazig province,
feeling and fearing aftershocks.

Comfort these families
in their losses,
and in the stress of evacuation.

Give strength
to emergency responders,
doctors and nurses,

and give compassion
to all who can help,
now in the times of danger
from structures collapsing.
and in days to come
for the rebuilding of lives.

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