Mary Anna (24
"Prayer for Japan"
A Prayer for Japan
Father in heaven you are the absolute Sovereign over
the shaking of the earth.
the rising of the sea, and the raging of the
waves. We tremble at your power and
bow before your unsearchable inscrutable ways.
We cover our faces and kiss
your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the
floor in prayer and feel how fragile
the very ground is beneath
O God, we humble ourselves under your holy majesty
and repent. In a moment---
in the twinkling of an eye---we
too could be swept away. We are not more
deserving of firm ground than our
fellowmen in Japan. We too are flesh. We
have bodies and homes and cars and family and
precious places. We know that if
we were treated according to our sins, who
could stand? All of it would be gone
moment. So in this dark hour we turn against our sins, not
And we cry for mercy for Japan. Mercy.
Father. Not for what they or we deserve
May every heart-breaking loss--millions upon
millions of losses--be healed by
the wounded hands of
the risen Christ. You are not unacquainted with your
You did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all.
In Jesus you tasted
loss. In Jesus you shared the overwhelming flood of our
sufferings. In Jesus you are a sympathetic Priest in the midst of
Deal tenderly now,
Father with this fragile people. Woo them. Save them.
And may the floods
they so much dread make blessings upon their head.
O let them not judge
you with feeble sense, but trust you for your grace. And so
behind the providence, soon find a smiling face.
Jesus' merciful name. Amen.