Prayer in tribulation
With the streets of 300 French towns aflame with with riot and at least 22 dead from an Indiana Tornado, it seems an appropriate time for the Rev. Christina Mitchell Archibald's prayer, In the wake of tragedy:
Lord, the psalmist asked, how long O Lord,
how long will Thou hide Thyself from me.
Today, God, there are terrible disasters
which take the lives of many people.
It is hard to recognize Your hand in such tragedy,
but I pray that through such tribulations,
many people can come
to a deepened relationship with You,
even a new relationship with You,
as we recognize the frailty of our physical existence
and the lack of control we have over it.
Perhaps You use these opportunities to knock at the hearts
of those affected by these calamities,
and I pray they let You in.
No matter what tribulations arise in this life,
if we have You dwelling in our hearts,
we are sure to overcome. In Christ's Name.