Praying Amidst Disaster

As the news shared new images of wild fires ravaging California, I could hardly take it in. I heard the words of the Psalmists in my head, “How long, oh God?”

If you are like me, you feel somewhat helpless in the face of all the tragedies around us. But as people of faith, we are invited to share our fears and frustrations with God and asked to maintain hope and be hope when it feels like the world has fallen apart.

The following prayer stations are an invitation to resist the temptation to become apathetic or give up hope. You are invited to participate in one or all of them, with your family or by yourself, with the assurance that our prayers are heard by God.

We welcome any responses you would like to share on our Facebook Page with feedback, comments or resources from your time with God.

Prayer Station One: Solidarity

Look at these pictures and pray for the people in them and the people they represent. Write a letter to God sharing your concerns and hopes for communities affected by recent disasters.


Station Two: Hope

In the prayers of the people on Sunday, Jack Eason prayed, “Lord, as we come to you this beautiful fall Sunday, let us be mindful of not only the unspeakable horrors that occurred in Las Vegas this week, but also the outpouring of support and love to both Las Vegas and Puerto Rico as they work to rebuild.”

Research stories about the helpers who have shown extraordinary compassion or kindness in the wake of recent disasters. Share a story on our church Facebook Page.

Station Three: Give

Our church has given over $12,000 to Week of Compassion since Hurricane Harvey to respond to disasters. Make a donation to Week of Compassion at www.weekofcompassion.org or spend a moment reading stories from their website, learning how Disciples of Christ are responding during times of extraordinary need.

Station Four: Believe

Read Isaiah 43: 1-21 or if you are short on time read Isaiah 43:1-2, 18-19.

What new things do you see springing forth? How will you be a part of new things?

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Beth Dobyns wrote:
This is a wonderful idea, Megan. Thank you for giving us a processing, prayerful place.

Wed, October 11, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

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