A Prayer for the People of Haiti

As we publish our “usual” Common Good Network, we pause for a few moments to pray for the people of Haiti. We struggle to comprehend the great pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers caught in this horrendous tragedy. Our hearts are heavy, and we think not only about the victims in Haiti but also about those of you who are waiting to hear from friends and family. As we find ways to respond faithfully to this unimaginable disaster, we share this prayer.

O God, we have been stunned once again by an event

Which seems so unnatural and yet is called “natural disaster.”

We have no words to answer the “why” which we feel,

No wisdom to explain away the unexplainable areas of life.

Keep us from attributing this event as a heavenly reprimand,

Or from a certain haughtiness that tempts the distant soul.

Give us to be compassionate and gentle, servants to those in need.

Remind us of your gracious love in the midst of sorrow,

And your ability to work miracles when hope is faint.

We pray for those who suffer in Haiti even now

And for those who await rescue.

For relatives, for the children,

For mothers and fathers,

Sisters and brothers,

Grandparents, aunts and cousins.

For the survivors who question what more they might have done.

And for those who must keep on keeping on, in spite of.

For the leaders,

For those who bring aid

And those who await news.

Strengthen and encourage them we pray.

Now unto you, O God, we take the burdens of this hour and place them in your divine care.

For all you do and are doing, seen and unseen, we give thee thanks, Eternal God of All Creation.

Amen.

by Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey
Dean of Students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

We also offer the following denominational sites to give you more information on the relief efforts, worship materials for your congregations and personal meditations along with opportunities to donate money or resources.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief
The ELCA Disaster Relief Site
The United Church of Christ Haiti Relief Site

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