Prayer for Oklahoma

by Joan C Webb on May 21, 2013

Joan praying by creek Sedona trip May 30-31 2009Lord, who are these people, Your created children, who suffer pain deeper than words?

A mommy who lost her precious 3rd grader in this devastating tornado-monster in Oklahoma yesterday?

That daddy who thought his child would be safe learning at school?

A little boy who can’t imagine never playing ball with his best friend again?

A young couple who had just started out and now their carefully-planned future lies in a flattened pile of rubble? 

An elderly man and his wife who just wanted to live out their final days on earth in peace?

The OK firefighter who usually assists others, now facing his own need for help?

Those first-responders climbing and clawing through the jagged boards looking for a glimpse of life–their minds and bodies throbbing with compassion fatigue…yet they work on?

God, I lift up these men and women, boys and girls to You. I only taste their pain, while they are drowning in it.

I’m removed; miles away. YOU are there. “You are close to the brokenhearted.”*

Hold their hurting hearts and may they sense Your presence.

Because of Jesus, I come to You knowing that you hear me and the myriads of others who pray.

Amen.

*Psalm 34:18 NIV

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nova May 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thank Joan. Great prayer!

Joan C Webb May 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thank you, Nova, for joining me in praying for the hurting people in OK. Appreciate your “thanks.” :-)

Patty Brock May 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Special, precious prayer, Joan. Thank you.

Joan C Webb May 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks, Patty. I thought of the images I saw on TV. And of the stories I’ve heard. And Char/Blake’s fire fighter friend. This must be very hard for everyone.

Diane Markins May 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I just can’t imagine. I keep crying out to the God of the Universe for peace and mercy for all of them. Thx Joan.

Joan C Webb May 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Yes, Diane. It is hard. My family lives in Tulsa and in Norman, OK. Norman is 15 miles from Moore, OK. Sobering. The fire fighter I mentioned in the prayer is my niece’s friend.

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