Please take a moment to pray for the victims of the tornadoes which struck central and eastern Illinois yesterday. We have some very close friends in Peoria which is about 15 miles or so west of Washington where a massive tornado hit and killed at least one person. Please pray for the first responders who have been working since yesterday to locate and help the survivors. Pray for those who have lost everything. Give thanks for those who survived and for those who are now helping their neighbors.
O God, we give thanks to God for his mercy and grace; and we pray for your blessings to be upon all those who are effected by these storms. We place our trust in you and in your providence. We trust that your face will shine upon those who are in need, and that your people will seek comfort in your presence and in the generosity of your Spirit. Bless those who have experienced the power of the storm. Bless those who have responded to help them. Gracious God, keep them all in your loving sight, and give them peace. Amen.