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).
Rescue workers in Indonesia continue a desperate search for survivors, two days after a powerful earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami, killing more than 830 people. After the 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Friday, water smashed into buildings and swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu, home to 350,000 people.
It is the most devastating earthquake to hit Indonesia since 2004. The city of Palu has been devastated. There is no electricity, drinking water is in short supply, fuel is running low, and rescue operations are hindered by the lack of heavy equipment needed to shift through the rubble.
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 Indonesia 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 the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth, help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort, and keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected. We pray this in Jesus' name.