A Great Wind: May 20, 2013

Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 
     1 Kings 19:11-12
Hear my prayer, O Lord, 
let my cry come to you. 
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress
Incline your ear to me. 
     Psalm 102: 1-2

With countless people down through the ages, we come to you, O God, when there is nowhere else to go. We are speechless after the wind, numb after the loss of so many lives, so many little ones. Remind us, again, that you do not visit death and destruction on your children. Remind us again that you weep with those whose loss is too great for words, that you mourn with those who grieve today, and that your love and compassion are expressed in the compassion and strength of first responders and all those who come to the aid of neighbors who have lost everything. Give them strength and courage and the assurance that you are with them.

Remind us that you come close to your children when they suffer, and that nothing that happens, even this, can separate them from your love.

And remind us that after the wind and fire, you are present in the sheer, speechless silence.

Be with them all, O God, through this day and tonight and the days ahead.



  1. Larry McCracken says:

    Thanks, John, for the comforting words.

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