A Prayer for Haiti (and of Thanks)

I received this on Friday and for once (I often find forwarded prayers a bit . . . off) was quite struck by it. It also fitted nicely with my new Coffee Substitute Prayer List – which I’ll post in the next 24 hours, and I thought it might echo with those who read this so here it is:

Sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to pray for, especially when issues like that in Haiti are so big we have no idea where to start. We thought we would share this with you. We can always start here….

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.  
          
Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU,
Because this morning I woke up and knew where my parents were.
Because this morning my home was still standing,
Because this morning I am not crying
Because my loved one, my brother or sister, my parent does not need to be buried
or to be pulled out from underneath a pile of concrete,
Because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water,
Because this morning I was able to turn on the light,
Because this morning I was able to take a shower,
Because this morning I was not planning a funeral,

But most of all I thank you this morning because I still have life and a voice to cry out for the people of Haiti.

Lord I cry out to you, the One that makes the impossible, possible,
The One that turns darkness into light,
I cry out that You give those mothers and fathers strength,
That You give them peace that surpasses all understanding,
That You may open the streets so that help can come,
That You may provide doctors, nurses, food, water, and all that they need in a blink of an eye.

For all those that have lost family members, give them peace, give them hope, give them courage to continue to go on!
Protect the children and shield them with your power.
I pray all this in the name of Jesus!

Amen.

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