Friday, November 8, 2013

A prayer for the people of the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan approaching Philippines: Japan Meteorological Agency


A prayer for the people of the Philippines

Compassionate Lord, 
we pray for those who have been devastated 
by the typhoon in the Philippines.

We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. 
We hold in our hearts the families changed forever 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 find 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 all those providing emergency assistance. 
May their work be guided by the grace and strength 
that comes from you alone.

Help us to respond generously, Lord,
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 pray in Jesus' name.
Amen. 

(Adapted from a prayer at The Cathedral College)


 

   
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2 comments:

Chris (a.k.a. "Fernando") said...

Father Fleming, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayer for the Philippines (my birthplace)as the country and her people (affected by the devastation of typhoon Haiyan) start recovery and rebuilding. Do appreciate it. Btw, just to let you know, Father, that I read your blog regularly and I always feel good and inspired reading your daily prayers. God bless you always.-Chris Quilpa of onebudding poet.blogspot.com

Austin Fleming said...

You're so welcome, Chris - and thanks for your faithful readership!