Friday, January 22, 2010

A Prayer for the People of Haiti

A prayer for the people of Haiti,
Who, on a good day, must take heroic measures
Just to wake up the next,
And who must now find a way
To live through the end of the world:

O Compassionate One,
Whose relief work is beyond our capabilities
Breathe life today into those buried alive
And strengthen the response capacity of Your relief workers in this world

To hear those who have yet to be saved,
To hear those who have been saved
But whose limbs and lives are crushed,
To hear those who pray
For those who can no longer pray for themselves.

O source of Speech,
Embedded in the language of love,
Fortify the souls who call out now in rescue

O Life Force,
Expressed in the language of loss,
Send strength to those who, with their last strength
No seek nothing more than finding loved ones

A prayer for the people of Haiti,
Who on this day take heroic measures just to survive,
And with the world's help,
Will find a way
To live into a new world,
Though one rebuilt on the rubble of unfathomable loss.

O source of Response to need,
Be the blessing
Of prayers realized.
And we say: Amen

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