Nov 14, 2013

A Prayer for The Philippines

Here’s a prayer from Sr. Katherine Freely SND which would be suitable for the current situation in The Philippines, or other similar natural disasters.  It comes from the Education for Justice website.

Prayer for The Philippines

Compassionate Lord,
we pray for those who have been devastated by recent natural disasters. 
We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly.
We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. 
Bring them consolation and comfort. 
Surround them with our prayers for strength.
Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation.
May they have the courage to face the long road of rebuilding ahead.

We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes,
their livelihoods, their security and their hope. 
Bless the work of relief agencies and those providing emergency assistance. 
May their work be guided by the grace and strength that comes from You alone.

Help us to respond with generosity
in prayer, in assistance, in aid to the best of our abilities. 
Keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected,
even after the crisis is over. 
We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ written by Sr. Katherine Freely SND. Posted on Education for Justice. www.educationforjustice.org.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has compiled a variety of other prayers for The Philippines.  You can see them here: http://www.foodgrainsbank.ca/prayers_for_those_affected_by_typhoon_haiyan.aspx