Every day we hear of disasters in various parts of the world. We become almost numb to the numbers -- "13 killed in suicide bombing" -- and other statistics too gruesome to contempate. But when natural disaster strikes and young people and children are taken away from us, our attention is riveted on that situation. So it is with the storms and tornadoes that struck Missouri, Alabama, and Georgia. This is so close to home, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
Our prayers are offered on their behalf:
"Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen." [The Book of Common Prayer, page 505]
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek