Making the rounds on the Internet this week, especially among people of faith, is Diana Macalintal's Spirit-led cry, A Prayer After the Earthquake in Haiti, first posted on the website of the (Roman Catholic) Diocese of San Jose. Also making the rounds are ongoing pleas for aide, even as we receive news reports about how aide workers and supplies are having difficulty reaching those in need.
The devastation of minutes will take years to repair and possibly lifetimes to heal, which is why this part of Macalintal's prayer has captured my attention.
Let us pray:
And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
and our thoughts return to life’s daily rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children
and they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place
and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us,
and your promise of peace will never be shaken.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
now and forever. Amen.
Copyright © 2010, Diana Macalintal
Image from CBC News