Saturday, May 28, 2011

Praise You in this Storm

When I hear this, I think of all those who have suffered so much from weather driven disasters, both overseas and in our own country. And then along with that, we have the gospel text for tomorrow:

15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
 18 "I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them."
 (John 14:15-21 NRS)

God forgive us for those times when we would try to come up with the "answers" for why bad things happen. 

Loving God,
in the communion of Christ, we are joined with the trials and sufferings of all.
Be with those who endure the wind and rain/flooding.
Protect those in the path of danger.
Open the pathway of evacuations.
Help loved ones find one another in the chaos.
Provide assistance to those who need help.
Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace;
Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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