As we watch Mexico dig out from yet another debilitating earthquake, watch the islands of the Caribbean lashed by yet another super-powered catastrophic hurricane, as we struggle to remain mindful of the recovery plight of those in Texas, as we see entire regions of the West buried under thick smoke and communities in peril because of wild fires, join me in this prayer from our PCUSA Book of Common Worship:

“God of earthquake, wind, and fire, tame natural forces that defy our control, or shock us by their fury. Keep us from calling disaster your justice; and help us, in good times or in calamity, to trust your mercy which never ends, and your power, which in Jesus Christ stilled storms, raised the dead, and put down demonic powers” (BOCW, 801).

Peace +++