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We cannot fathom the loss, the despair, the destruction.
We cannot comprehend the grief, the anguish, the mourning.
We cannot make meaning, sense, understanding, of what has happened.
We hold the country of the Philippines in our minds.
We hold the home of so many in our hearts.
We hold the lives of tens of thousands in our prayers.
We ask for the wisdom to be silent and to listen.
We ask for the strength to reach out with helping hands.
We ask for the courage to have hope in humanity.
We seek guidance to avoid empty words.
We seek gently to offer assistance in helpful ways.
We seek our brothers and sisters in need.
We desire to show compassion.
We desire to embrace our sisters and brothers.
We desire to love our neighbor as ourselves.
We trust in Your love and grace.
We trust in Your hope and faith.
We trust in Your promise of resurrection and new life.
Move our hearts to know our Filipino brothers and sisters in our homelands. Move in our hearts to reach out in caring ways. Move in our hearts so that we might seek justice for the poor, become better stewards of the earth we all share, and work to reduce the impact of such events on the poor, the homeless, and the marginalized.
In the name of Jesus, who is our companion through all storms, we pray. Amen.
Release Date: October 8th, 2019