Prayer for Puerto Rico following earthquakes

From the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

Earthquakes have been rolling through Puerto Rico since December 28th, the largest of which was a 6.4 magnitude in the early hours of January 7th. As the island is still in the process of recovery from Hurricane Maria and many of its residents still are experiencing post-traumatic effects, the earthquakes will likely intensify the effects on many.

Power is out on most of the island and initial estimates put damage from the earthquakes at more than $3.1 billion. In Guanica alone, at least 148 homes have been impacted, from structural damage to complete collapse. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is on the ground assessing the situation and is processing an initial grant request.

Let us pray for the people of Puerto Rico, the earthquake and hurricane recovery.


Holy One, whose desire for all peoples is wholeness, life abundant, and peace:

Hear us as we pray in sorrow for lives lost and communities shattered by earthquakes and still recovering from the hurricane.

As your servant Elijah fled for his life into the wilderness and found bread for the journey,

may survivors of this disaster find, in the outpouring of their neighbors’ care,
shelter, sustenance and companionship in the midst of fears.

In the sheer silence that follows

When the cries for help are stilled and
the cameras and the news cycle have moved on to
another tragedy,
Calling us to bear witness
Calling us to remember
Calling us to bring ourselves to

A ministry of prayerful presence and potent generosity.

Let us have an answer when your voice inquires,

What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Let us answer with our prayers
Let us answer with generous gifts
Let us join together, an international community of healing,

To rebuild, to restore, and in time, to rejoice

That in a world that suffers, Light still shines,

And darkness and dust shall not overcome it.

In the name of the Human One we pray, Amen

Adapted from Prayer written by Laurie A. Kraus, Coordinator, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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