A Prayer in Response to the Earthquake and TsunamiDear God, Many, many images of God have been lost in earthquake and fire and mighty waters just yesterday. And so we turn to You, Adonai, and we ask for Your strength and comfort. We open our hearts one to the other as brothers and sisters struggling in Your world. “Above the thunder of the mighty waters, more majestic than the breakers of the sea is Adonai (Ps. 93:4).” Be with us as we offer what we can, through prayer and action, to our sisters and brothers who are suffering in Japan and who stand on alert around the world. We ask for You to be the still, small voice after the fire, allowing space for mourning and hope in the face of tragedy. We see Your sheltering Presence and Your holy tears in the receding waters of the Tsunami and in the rescue work being carried out by so many for the sake of a fragile world. May it be Your will, Adonai our God and God of our ancestors, to send healing to the injured and comfort to those in mourning. May You be with those who are engaged in the sacred work of rescue. Be with us as we bring shelter, food, and water to those in need. May we merit to save many lives. May those affected by this disaster know Your comfort. May we act when we learn how we can help. May our world be blessed by peace. Amen.
This prayer was written by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA.