Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

a prayer for protection


Our hearts are with the people of Turkey and Syria as they continue to deal with the devastation of earthquakes and aftershocks. We struggle to understand the pain this already torn-apart area has to deal with right now. 

So Lord, please protect the responders in this time. The policeman, the fireman, the military, the aide workers, the EMTs, doctors, and nurses and all others who are valiantly digging through rubble to save each precious life. Give them strength and perseverance, both of body and of mind and heart. May they feel your presence in moments of despair, and experience comfort where there seems to be no comfort. 

Lord, for those who are still waiting to be rescued, send those quickly to help. Provide the sustenance they need, the rescue they require, and the comfort they long for. 

Lord, for those injured and fighting to survive, we pray for their fight to grow stronger. We pray for those caring for them - give them guidance and wisdom to heal. 

Lord, for those grieving the losses they know about and those who are fearful for those they aren't sure they have lost, be a refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Hear their calls, Lord.

But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You. Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.  (Psalm 5:11-12 )

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