May 20, 2013

Prayer for Oklahoma City


Here’s a prayer for all those hit hard today by the tornado in Oklahoma City and surrounding area.  It was written by Elizabeth Hagan, and posted on Preacher on the Plaza.

Prayer for Oklahoma City

For all of those who woke this morning with joy and sunshine,
only to end their day in utter devastation.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those who have no place to lay their head this night,
left only to the kindness of strangers.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of those who hid in bathtubs, horse stalls and storm shelters and survived . . .
and for all of those who didn’t.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of the children whose homes and schools are destroyed
and whose innocence was taken on this day.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those relief workers
who are right now searching for those who are crying for help.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those who wonder why life is worth living after moments like this.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of those who ask, “Why God?” on a day of so many tears.
Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

Come close.
Keep this city safe tonight.
Be near to the crying, the hurt, those sitting in the shambles.
Lead neighbors to be the hands and feet of Christ on earth
to those who need it most.
Break through light in the darkness and peace
to the most restless of hearts.  Amen.

~ written by Elizabeth Hagan, and posted on Preacher on the Plaza. http://elizabethhagan.com/2013/05/21/prayers-for-oklahoma-city/