'O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.' (Isaiah 54:11)
God of refuge,
protect our sisters and brothers in Bangladesh and India,
tossed far from their homes by Cyclone Amphan.
Some afraid to evacuate for fear of a pandemic disease,
surrounded by catastrophe and debris.
Comfort them as they journey and where they stay.
Your love knows no distance, O God be near your children in peril.
Set them on their way to safety, let them find your help.
Awaken in our hearts a love that reaches out –
a love that shelters neighbours from the storm,
a love that lays the foundations for recovery,
a love that perseveres.
We pray for their protection to you,
our God who never gives up.
In Jesus name,