for all those affected by disasters. Remember those who have lost everything
and all those who are working to respond.
Lord of the wind and water, this
past year our earth and your people have experienced life-changing disasters. Give
a measure of your comfort to those whose loved ones have died, a measure of
your encouragement to those who are rebuilding their homes, and a measure of
hope to all of those who have been impacted by a disaster. Grant wisdom to
those who are seeking to mitigate the effects of disasters, so their efforts
may help to reduce the suffering of those who feel the effects of a disaster.
Help us to not forget all of these for whom we pray. This we ask in your son’s
name, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. Michael Stadie, Program Director for Lutheran Disaster Response
to remember the damages wrought, lives lost and the illnesses plaguing so many
around the world as a result of natural disasters.
on social media using #PrayFastAct and #ELCAAdvocacy. On the 21st, post a
picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month. (Sample
message: We fast on this day in solidarity with people whose lives are
threatened by rising sea levels, floods, increasingly destructive storms, extreme
droughts and fires.) If you are unable to fast, consider participating by
abstaining from carbon or fossil fuel-based resources.
ACT by urging our elected leaders to support strong policy solutions that address
the increasingly urgent preparation and reconstruction needs of communities
threatened by extreme and unpredictable weather that result in disasters that
alter lives forever.
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