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Prayers for Italy
Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban was preparing to attend the World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas, when the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. Serving as director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, he felt the tremors of the quake, and upon finding out that many from Rome and the nearby area were displace, injured or even killed during the quake, he was moved to write this prayer:
Loving God, creator of the world and all that is in it. To you we turn in times of tragedy and distress, out of our human weakness, when the mountains shake and the earth is moved. We lift up to you the people of central Italy, particularly in those mountain villages of Lazio worst affected by the recent earthquake. We ask that you bless all those affected, for families who have lost loved ones, for members of the rescue services still searching for those missing, for medical staff and those offering pastoral support at this time, and particularly for those in the churches of the region as they seek to bring relief to fellow members of our human family, standing alongside those whose faith is tested in times like these. Give them strength, courage and hope in the days ahead. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen