Prayer For Houston

May our gracious God bless them in their dangerous work and give them the consolation of knowing they are truly doing His will in eliminating this newest plague on the world.

O Jesus, healer of all disease, help us to overcome fear and anxiety which prevents us from working together to overcome this human tragedy. Remain with us, Lord and Savior, as we endure the difficulties and disruptions of our daily lives. Give us patience, serenity and peace of mind and heart during these unsettling times. Help us to have profound trust that you are with us and will help us to prevail over this pandemic.

We remember, O, Lord, those who have died from this disease as we pray for their eternal peace in your loving embrace. Please give to those who mourn their death every consoling grace and strength during their grief and sorrow.

In this time of danger and fear, we turn in filial love and trust to our Mother Mary, the health of the sick and comforter of the afflicted, the Mother of Good Counsel, to intercede for us to be delivered from present sorrow and obtain protection from this world-wide scourge.

To you O clement and loving Mother, we entrust ourselves to your protection and deliverance from this present world-wide danger. Amen.

Comfort us, O Lord, for we are like your disciples on the storm-tossed seas, unsettled by what lies ahead.
We turn to You, our Healer and Guide, to still our hearts in our time of need and hear our prayer:
Heal those who are sick with the coronavirus and protect the elderly and most vulnerable.
Give strength to all who tend to our health and wisdom to researchers who work toward a cure.
Open our eyes and hearts, as you did during Hurricane Harvey, that we may look beyond our
immediate needs to care for others who need help.
Through the Holy Spirit, guide our leaders to make wise decisions for the welfare of all the
people they serve.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died from the virus.
May Mary, Our Mother, who has heard our pleas in the storms of our lives,
intercede to her Son, that we may find healing and a prompt end to this illness.
Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us.
Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, heal us. Amen.

Everlasting God, in this time of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we offer our prayers for all of the people of Houston and those in the pathway of the storm.

We are mindful of the growing loss of life in the overwhelming rise of water and force of the wind. We pray that the families and loved ones of the deceased may know the love and support of those around them and your own mercy and peace.

We are awestruck at what has been torn asunder. We pray that your grace and strength will sustain individuals and communities who struggle for survival now and will sustain them when they turn to the task of rebuilding their lives in the future.

We pray for those who are the first respondersthe police, firefighters, National Guard, emergency workers, health care and medical personnel. We give thanks for the remarkable expressions of care and bravery from volunteers who stepped in to help those in need move to safer ground.

We pray for those who have created shelters where food, medical care, rest and counseling are provided. We offer our thanks for all groups, like the PC(USA) Disaster Relief staff and so many others, who will continue to respond to needs and provide essential supplies long after the storm is gone.

Everlasting God, we trust in you, even in this time of heartbreak and loss. Pour out your spirit of comfort and courage to millions of frightened and grieving people. Give us the capacity, we pray, to join hearts and hands and resources to those who have been in the path of destruction. We ask that you will use us as instruments of your peace and comfort as we commit to our brothers and sisters in need.