Lord of all creation, we lament the devastation in the Bahamas and grieve with those still in shock at the level of loss brought by Hurricane Dorian.
We know the images of destruction, flooding and human suffering – painful as they are – do not adequately tell the story of the trauma endured and the demands of the recovery yet to come.
Surround the Bahamian people with a sure sense of your presence. Strengthen leaders and first responders; grant them wisdom and tenacity. Gather together resources from multitudes and multiply them until all who need help are reached and given comfort.
Make sure, Lord God, that those of us watching from a distance do not forget those for whom this nightmare is all too real, so that our tending to them long outlasts the impact of this storm. Stay close to those still anxiously watching and wondering where Dorian’s wrath will go next.
In Christ’s name, amen.