PRAYER FOR JAPAN

Lord, have mercy.

I imagine a woman who eight months ago learned she was carrying her first child. Now she is trapped somewhere in the Northeast, wondering if help will come before the baby does. Wondering if the next building she hears crashing down will be the one she is in. Wondering why her husband hasn’t come for her yet.

Lord, have mercy.

I imagine a child alone in a building surrounded by bare land scraped-clean by rushing tons of water. He’s not actually alone, because there are bodies lying around. One is his father, another his mother.

Lord, have mercy.

I imagine the heroic men and women at the nuclear plants risking their lives by staying on the job, working desperately, attempting at all costs to avoid catastrophe in the middle of catastophe.

Lord, have mercy.

I imagine whole families, huddled together without power while the winter freeze comes down, comes in. There is no food. A son struggles to breathe—his inhaler is nowhere to be found and the air is full of smoke.

Lord, have mercy.

I think of Oska, worrying in the States. She’s from Sendai. Her parents are missing.

LORD, HAVE MERCY:

You who walked your people through the Red Sea on dry ground, dry this ground.

You who brought fresh water out of a rock in the Wilderness, bring fresh water to thirsty millions.

You who calmed the sea, calm this sea; steady this land.

You who gave sight to the blind, give insight to desperate scientists hard at work in a compromised nuclear plant–what love is this–that their people may live.

You who form the winds by Your breath, blow radiation out East to the sea, not South onto the great cities.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, we lie on our faces before You and humbly ask, Is this not enough?

Lord, have mercy.

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