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God of Creation,
Your ways are mysterious to us. We know that we were created by You out of love, as part of the whole of creation, called into being by Your voice, and You pronounced “It is good.”
The earthquake long ago broke open the tomb; the earthquake a few months ago wrecked havoc upon Japan and caused a terrible tsunami. You spoke to Job out of the whirlwind; but the whirling winds have blown away Tushka and Tuscaloosa over the past few weeks. The floods subsided and allowed the ark to land, for life to re-enter the earth; the floodwaters are rising in New York, and North Dakota continues to recover.
God, Your Creative power is still at work, in the calming winds, in the receding waters, in the settling earth. When the chaos of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes shatters our lives, Loving God, You are at work in our brothers and sisters who come to our aide, who bring healing and hope. When the violence of the world drives in a wedge, Loving God, You are at work in the peacemakers, in the caregivers, in our neighbors who love us, even when we are strangers.
Mighty God, You call us into action to be Living Hope for the world. You have called us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to lift up those in need, through prayer and the sharing of our time, talents, finances, and our very selves. Guide us in the best ways to be Living Hope for those who are heartbroken, for those who are mourning, for those who have lost everything. Help us to be Your servants, to be the Living Hope this world needs. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend, who gave His life for us and calls us to be the Hope for the World, we pray always. Amen.