O Lord, be near to your people now,
as they face devastation and loss.
Stay close to those who are broken-hearted
and hold fast to those whose spirit is crushed.
Lead us and guide us for our hope rests in you.
Inspire us to reach out
and answer the cries of those in need.
So that those who mourn may be comforted,
those who are frightened find courage,
those who hunger and thirst may be satisfied
and those who are homeless find refuge.
O God, make haste,
hear the cry of your people,
help us, our shield, our strength and our rock.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.