After the Tornadoes
G-d beyond my understanding,
The sky has turned violent,
Crushing homes and lives,
Toppling the foundations of hope and sustenance.
Crisis and chaos,
Confusion and loss,
A scene of sweeping destruction.
G-d of justice and mercy,
We pray for the people of ___________ [Joplin, Missouri][the Southern United States][other location],
And the victims of any disaster,
Any violence, suffering or despair.
Grant them shelter and solace,
Comfort and consolation,
Blessing and renewal.
May people of righteousness and mercy
Come swiftly to their aid.
Grant them endurance to survive,
Strength to rebuild,
Faith to mourn,
Courage to heal,
And devotion to each other.
G-d of heaven and earth,
Hand of love and shelter,
Grant the people of ___________ [Joplin, Missouri][the Southern US][other location],
And Your peace.
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Postscript: Regular readers may recognize elements of this prayer. I crafted it using pieces of three other prayers: “In Devastation,” “For First Responders” and “After the Storm.” Click this link for other prayers to be said after Acts of G-d occur.
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