by Dan Ruth
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” – Karl Barth
The photo that accompanies this quote displays the disorder of our natural world. Typhoon Bopha swept through the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in the early morning hours of December 4. This school was used as an evacuation site. Fifty families were taking shelter here when the roof collapsed, killing several of the people inside and injuring many more.
Lutheran World Relief is hard at work to respond to this disaster. We are also engaged in disaster risk reduction programs in countries around the world, to ensure that tragedies like this don’t happen when the next natural disaster hits.
Please join us in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Bopha, and for disorder everywhere:
O merciful Father, you teach us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve your children. Look with pity on the sorrows of the people of Mindanao Island, for whom we pray. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy. Strengthen them in patience, comfort them with the memory of your goodness, let your presence shine on them, and given the peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.*
* from the Lutheran Book of Worship
Learn more about Typhoon Bopha, and how Lutheran World Relief is responding to the need.