We pray this morning for the town of West, Texas, which has been devastated by a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. West is a small Central Texas town of 2,800 people. Casualties have been rushed to a hospital in Waco, about 20 miles south.
This prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book is one I find comforting during this most difficult week:
Jesus, you knew pain, you knew the loneliness, the weakness and the degradation it brings; you knew the agony.
Jesus, your suffering is the only hope, the only reconciliation for those who suffer.
Be with those in West, Texas as they grapple with the pain they suffer now.
Be a promise to them, and to us, that this present suffering will cease; be the hand that they can hold; be present, Saviour, for we need you now.