For all of those who woke this morning with joy and sunshine, only to end their day in utter devastation.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those who have no place to lay their head this night, left only to the kindness of strangers.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of those who hid in bathtubs, horse stalls and storm shelters and survived . . . and for all of those who didn't.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of the children whose homes and schools are destroyed and whose innocence was taken on this day.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those relief workers who are right now searching for those who are crying for help.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all those who wonder why life is worth living after moments like this.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

For all of those who ask, "Why God?" on a day of so many tears.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

Come close. Keep this city safe tonight. Be near to the crying, the hurt, those sitting in the shambles. Lead neighbors to be the hands and feet of Christ on earth to those who need it most. Break through light in the darkness and peace to the most restless of hearts.
AMEN