As the people off the Gulf coast begin to sift through the destruction and devastation brought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we hold in our hearts and lift up in prayer all of those who have been impacted.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, give the people of the Gulf coast the courage they need during this time of great suffering. Bless the work of first responders and relief agencies, and grant strength to the men, women and children still facing danger, grief, and displacement.
Bring to safety those who are lost and missing, and peace to the families of those who have lost their lives. Surround them with your consolation and comfort.
In times such as this, we know that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8: 38-39).
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Help us keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected. We pray this in Jesus' name. AMEN.