A prayer from Rev. Dan DeBevoise, Park Lake Presbyterian, Orlando as we start to recover from the storm:
Almighty, everlasting God, with the psalmist we declare:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Psalm 46
Lord as we recover from Hurricane Irma, we give you thanks that you are with us in the midst of all the storms of life. There is no wind, no rushing water, no natural disaster which can separate us from your love for us in Jesus Christ. Give us the faith to plan, prepare, and act, trusting in your grace to strengthen us and your power to preserve us.
Lord, confident of your presence and your love, mindful of Jesus’ peace and power in the midst of the storm, we pray for all those who experienced and recover from Hurricane Irma.
We pray for the people of the Caribbean Islands and the Keys, and parts of Florida who have been hit severely, and still may face other storms. Have mercy on them.
We pray for all those who remain in the storm’s path.
We pray for the most vulnerable, the children, the elderly, the poor, the homeless, the sick, those who are alone. Protect them and be with them, and use us in some way to care for them.
We pray for all those who are working to assist others: for all government officials, for first responders, medical personnel, for armed service members, national guardsmen, recovery teams, power workers, school officials.
Support them, strengthen them, guide them, protect them as they give of themselves to help others.
We give thanks for those who have already gone to places affected by the storm, to work to restore public services in the days and weeks ahead.
Lord, over the next few days, help us experience the gift of your peace so that our planning, our actions, our waiting, and our responding will be filled with your wisdom, will embody your grace and goodness, and will demonstrate your love for all and our love for one another.
In your steadfast love and infinite mercy, we turn to you and pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who has promised to be with us always. Amen.
Photo shows a rainbow over the Gandy Bridge