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A Prayer from Pastor Ron Gerl
Date: Aug 2nd, 2007 5:29am


Eric Schubert

There are many heavy hearts in Minnesota and across the country today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families and many people who have been impacted by the Minneapolis bridge tragedy. Pastor Ron Gerl is the chaplain at the Ecumen community of Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn. This is a beautiful prayer that he wrote and we’d like to share it with you.

Prayer for the Disaster on 35W

Gracious Creator God, we forget sometimes that we are fragile beings living within a fragile world. In the Twin Cities we have been reminded of that reality with the I35W bridge collapse over theMississippi River yesterday. We are stunned and shocked by the destruction and loss of life so near to us. As we reel from the overwhelming current disaster give us the faith to call upon your power, give us the compassion to lift up in prayer all those who suffer due to loss of life and injury, and give us a caring spirit for all in present need.

As we read about and watch the reports of the destruction may we never grow callous to the need and suffering of those in need. Gracious Lord, welcome home those who have died and who suffer no more. Please be with those families who have not heard from loved ones and feel the agony of anticipated or unanticipated loss. Grant recovery and healing to all who have been injured and in hospital care. For everyone, send us your strength, courage, and hope in the hours, days, weeks, and months ahead. In the name of Christ, we pray Amen.

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