Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Please donate to hurricane relief.

Please donate here. These people need all the help we can give and more.

Our four-footed friends need help, too. Please donate to the Humane Society of the United States to help with animal rescue efforts.

One more thing--I'm not a praying person myself but, if you are so moved, please pray for those in harm's way and those who work to rescue them.

The Prayer of The Lady of All Peoples

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father,
send now your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live
in the hearts of all peoples,
that they may be preserved
from corruption, disaster
and war.
May the Lady of All Peoples,
who once was Mary,
be our Advocate. Amen.

From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
Oh God, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This was a prayer written for the tsunami victims, but it certainly fits today:

A Special Prayer for Times of Disaster

Dear Lord of mercy, hear our prayer,

You are strength to those who suffer and comfort to those who grieve. Let their prayers be raised to your loving grace.

We pray for those who are ill, suffering, lost and in need of your healing light.

Make the weak strong, the sick healthy, the broken whole, and let those who are serving them act in the name of your love.

To all those in distress, grant them mercy, grant them relief, grant them refreshment, give them hope in this hour of tragedy.

As they begin to rebuild, we entrust their loved ones to your care.

Give them strength and new purpose to keep going in life and bless them with a new and bright tomorrow.

Surround those who have been shaken by disaster with a sense of your present love, and hold them in faith.

Though they are lost in grief, may they find you and be comforted;

Through Jesus Christ who was dead, but lives and rules this world with you, hear our prayer.



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