Earlier this week two powerful earthquakes struck Southern Turkey and Northern Syrian. Many towns, villages and cities have been destroyed or devistated by the disaster and there is a huge rescue effort currently underway to find the survivors. The search and rescue are still ongoing. Please pray for the survivors and the search and rescue teams from around the globe.
Thousands of people have already lost their lives or been injured, but it is not too late to help. As soon as possible UMCOR will be on the frontline delivering help and support to the millions who have been affected. We’re praying for the victims and the emergency workers. (Advance #999895)
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A Special prayer for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
Pierce Our Hearts With Compassion
Lord, at times such as this,
when we realize that the ground beneath our feet
is not as solid as we had imagined,
we plead for your mercy.
As the things we have built crumble about us,
we know too well how small we truly are
on this ever-changing, ever-moving,
fragile planet we call home.
Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.
Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor.
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.
They roam the streets in shock at what they see.
And they fill the dusty air with wails of grief
and the names of missing dead.
Comfort them, Lord, in this disaster.
Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still,
and shelter them under your wings when homes no longer exist.
Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly this day.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.
Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion,
we who watch from afar,
as the poorest on this side of the earth
find only misery upon misery.
Move us to act swiftly this day,
to give generously every day,
to work for justice always,
and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.
And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
and our thoughts return to life’s daily rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children
and they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place
and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us,
and your promise of peace will never be shaken.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
now and forever.
– Offered for the people of Haiti following the earthquake of January 12, 2010