How long will Thou hide Thyself from me?
Today, God, there are terrible disasters
Which take the lives of many people.
It is hard to recognize Your hand in such a tragedy,
But I pray that through such tribulations,
many people can come to a deepened relationship with You,
even a new relationship with You,
as we recognize the frailty of our physical existence
and the lack of control we have over it.
Perhaps You use these opportunities to knock at the hearts
of those affected by these calamities, and I pray they let You in.
No matter what tribulations arise in this life,
if we have You dwelling in our hearts,
we are sure to overcome. In Christ’s Name.
Amen —Reverend Chestina Mitchell Archibald
“In The Wake of Tragedy”
Mark 4:39-40 | Isaiah 41:10 | John 16:33
No matter what swirls around us, God promises to be our perfect peace. He assures us he is constantly with us, strengthening and supporting us. Pray that God will help you to keep your eyes and focus on him, not on the circumstances surrounding you. Ask him to help you grow in your trust, believing he is faithful to see us through. Write: In your journal, think of the top five or so things in your life right now that are causing you worry, fear, or anxiety. Give those things over to God now in prayer. Ask him to relieve your fears and help you remember his truth. Invite the Holy Spirit to begin to calm your soul by replacing the fear with the words of truth you just read. Write down the promises from the passages in Mark, Isaiah, and John. When fear begins to creep in, re-read these promises and thank God for his steadfast love.