A Prayer for Barrhaven

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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A bright sunny fall day was darkened today with the news of a horrible accident in a southwest community of Ottawa known as Barrhaven. What do you do in response to such tragedies? What do you say, where do you turn?

In the darkest night of the soul, Christians have something to hold onto that Job never knew – we know Christ crucified. Christians have learned that when there seems to be no other evidence of God’s love, they cannot escape the cross. “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32)… When we suffer there will sometimes be mystery. Will there also be faith? Yes. If our attention is focused more on the cross and on the God of the cross than on the suffering itself. – D.A. Carson, How Long, O Lord?

And so in response to this hope, and as an expression of our faith, we pray…

Father we come to you today to cry out to You in our pain. We are so thankful that in a broken and fallen world  we have a Rock to whom we may continually come knowing that You hear and answer our prayers. As such, we pray specifically for those whose lives have suddenly been turned upside down by this horrific tragedy. And while we confess that we don’t understand, we know and trust that You are the Father of all comfort, that Your Spirit helps us in our weakness and that in Christ we have a Good Shepherd who knows what it’s like to lose loved ones and as such is filled with deep compassion for those who suffer.

We pray for every family, friend and neighbour affected by this heart-breaking accident. For the mothers and fathers and especially the children involved, grant them Your peace and comfort during this very painful time of turmoil and loss. We pray for the first responders, health care professionals and support personnel who are serving to bring healing and care during this time. Grant them both strength and wisdom as they assist and support others.

And Father, we also pray that we could see Your mercy even in this, reminding us that life is a vapour and that eternity lies ahead of each of us. Help us to cherish each and every day as a gift from You, to hold our loved ones close and to know that in Christ we have a hope that others desperately need during times like this.

In His name we pray, amen.

In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:1-3 ESV)

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