Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Please keep praying for those afflicted by disasters....

In Japan the death toll is now estimated at over 10,000. 

And a third nuclear reactor is at risk of a meltdown.

But in the shock and horror of a catastrophe on this scale, please do not forget to keep those affected by other recent disasters in your prayers. 

Over in Christchurch, New Zealand, many have left the city, perhaps never to return.  And aftershocks are still continuing - last night a 3.8 magnitude earthquake tremor was felt in the city.  But attempts are being made to return to normal, with classes at the University of Canterbury starting again this week.  Please pray for the safety of returning students! 

And there is still a long way to go in terms of Queensland's recovery from floods and cyclones, particularly in those cyclone ravaged areas afflicted by flooding rains in recent days...

The first psalm of Matins today in the traditional Benedictine Office, Psalm 45(46) has some particularly appropriate lines:

"Our God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly. Therefore we will not fear, when the earth shall be troubled...Nations were troubled, and kingdoms were bowed down: he uttered his voice, the earth trembled...Be still and see that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of armies is with us: the God of Jacob is our protector."

No comments: