Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A prayer for the Gulf Coast

In meditating upon the damage and suffering left in the wake of Katrina, a number of Scriptures came to mind, followed by a prayer uttered in their light...

"The earth was a formless void
and darkness covered the face of the deep,
while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters."
Genesis 1:2

"...and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded."
Genesis 8:1b

"...and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left."
Exodus 14:21-22

"...and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beast... came up out of the sea.... and there before me was one like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven."
Daniel 7:2, 13

"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea...
Lo, he is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him."
Revelation 13:1; 1:7

And I saw... standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages."
Revelation 15:2-3


A Prayer for the Gulf Coast

Oh God of creation,
who rules the raging of the sea,
bring now to this wave-tossed world
release from its suffering and slavery,
deliverance from the beast,
baptism into new life,
a new creation,
through the wind of your Spirit,
and with the clouds of the Son of Man.


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At 1:05 PM, Blogger Mark Traphagen said...

Thanks, Bill, for giving us words at a moment when we are left speechless. This is Biblical theology put to use, and the yearning for God's future to break more and more into our present.

I've quoted this prayer on my blog.


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