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God in the Midst

A Prayer for Chile

Volunteers pack clothing kits that had been prepared to help assist the displaced in the aftermath of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Chile in 2010.

Volunteers pack clothing kits that had been prepared to help assist the displaced in the aftermath of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Chile in 2010. Photo by Holly Inurreta/CRS.

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart
and shattered the rocks before the Lord,
but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake,
but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake came a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
(1 Kings 19:11–12)

God, you are in the midst of those who suffer
May all affected by the earthquake in Chile feel your healing presence.

God, you are in the hands of those who reach out
Help responders in their courageous work.

God, you are in the hearts of those compassionate ones
   Whose prayers cry out for their families
   Whose prayers cry out for their neighbors
   Whose prayers cry out even for strangers
Bless and comfort those who mourn.

God, you are in the still small voice,
   The gentle whisper that follows
May our ears always hear
May our hearts always cry out for one another
May our hands always reach out to one another
And may we always walk like you walk
   In solidarity with those who suffer
And so reflect your presence and comfort.

Amen



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