In the aftermath of strong storm systems making their way across Iowa, I invite you to be in prayer for the residents of our state impacted by this evening’s storms. Pray for those reeling from the news of a loved-one’s life lost. Pray for our disaster recovery teams combing through debris and for our lineworkers as they work into the night to restore power. Pray for the communities who wait for daybreak to assess the condition of their neighborhoods and nearby rural homes. At the time of this release, we do not know the full assessment of death, personal injury and property damage. We will continue to monitor the reports of law enforcement, first responders and statewide news sources.
Let us pray.
Lord, you stand with us when the storms of life are raging. When events are happening beyond our control, you remind us that from the very beginning, you've created good out of chaos. Holy One, we believe you are working for good throughout our state and around the world. Tomorrow as we gather for the first Sunday of Lent, many of us will hear of Jesus’ experience in the wilderness. God, it feels as if the wilderness experience is ours, as well. As the angels tended to Jesus, we ask for your Spirit to tend to the needs of the suffering ones. For all whose hearts are troubled, be the voice of assurance they need. For those who are afraid, surround them with the people and resources they need that can help ease their burden. For those who are wondering what is next, be the wisdom they seek and the strength they require. For those grieving loss, whisper your resurrection promise. For the people called United Methodist across Iowa, may we show up and truly be hope made real as we witness through word, deed, and prayer. Amen.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change…God is in the midst of the city…God will help it when the morning dawns. Psalm 46 (NRSV)