God of all Creation-
As the world wobbled and rumbled this morning in Puerto Rico,
We send our prayers and our love to the ones now seeing a shattered world.

As electricity and water has ceased,
We pray that they can find the resources they need.
May their earthquakes end,
And may their trauma heal.

Oh how they are still hurting after the hurricanes!

(We forget they are our siblings!  They are our neighbors!
They are forever connected to us through the vine!)

With your strength, God,
We ask that their lives find tranquility
And that the world stops shifting below them.

May those of us in places of privilege
Embrace our roles in serving our siblings across the world-
Hurting after hurricanes,
Sobbing after earthquakes,
Wheezing during fires,
And wailing after bombings.

Open the hearts of the Powers That Be
To the need of our island neighbors.
They can’t do this alone, oh God.
We need one another on our paths to healing.


The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at

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