Bishop Will Willimon has offered the following prayer of hope after the storms of April 27, 2011.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You are our Savior who saves us amid the storm.
You are our Comforter who comes to us in our pain.
You are in life, in death, in life beyond death our only hope.
We pray this day for all those who suffer in body or soul, particularly our sisters and brothers among us in Alabama who have suffered pain and loss because of the storms that ravaged our state. We ask your comforting presence among those who struggle in the destruction and the loss. We pray for your guidance for those who feel overwhelmed and over burdened by the aftermath of the storms.
We give you thanks for all those who have given money and time to help the victims rebuild their homes and their lives. Thank you for motivating so many to reach out to us in our time of need.
Lord, you have never left us alone in our need. Time and again you come to us amid the storm. Thus we have hope, hope not in ourselves or our own devices but rather hope based upon your faithfulness and upon our experience of your steadfast love.
This prayer is now among the notes of thoughts and prayers from many from United Methodists around the world who posted comments throughout the Conference website that they are praying for North Alabama following the spring storms. These comments from United Methodists in North Alabama, youth and children in Slidell, LA; Rev. Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection in Kansas; pastors in Texas, South Carolina and Oklahoma and others – have been collected on the North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Prayers page.
To read all the prayers visit the Disaster Response Prayers page.
To add your own prayer, while viewing the prayer page, click the submit prayer link in the left menu.