Prayer after the South Pacific volcano eruptions

God, Giver of calm in all turmoil,
we pray for those under ash, steam and gas clouds,
and those who feared or experienced
tsunami this weekend, in the wake of
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai’s eruptions.

We pray for Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou island
nearest to the eruptions,
and Tongatapu Island,
most severely struck by tsunami,
for the capital Nuku’alofa,
where boats and boulders washed ashore,
damaging waterfront and main street,
cutting communications,
contaminating air and water,
as residents fled.

We pray for those in Pago Pago,
American Samoa,
for evacuees in Fiji, especially Suva,
for the nation of Samoa
and for Aotearoa/New Zealand,
braced for impact and sending support.

We pray for Vanuatu, Japan,
Alaska, British Columbia, Australia,
California, and the Hawai’ian islands,
all impacted by the high waves.

You, who are remembered,
often in easily said words, as
speaking from fire on the mountains,
shaping the depth of the seas,
walking on the waves,

come in the core of your truth
to ease fear and comfort all,
for you are recognized by us all  
in the compassion of a global family,


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4 Responses to Prayer after the South Pacific volcano eruptions

  1. Thank you for challenging our lack of awareness and for igniting our compassion.

    • Maren says:

      You are welcome — it was terrible and the loss of internet cable under the ocean is a new experience of fear that we would have not considered in earlier days. Thank you for caring.

  2. Amen.

    Tonga has the distinction of maintaining its independence from European, American, and Asian colonial empires. It’s a sadly unique achievement. They’ll need help to recover and to restore communications – and to maintain their independence from COVID.

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