“Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works. Glory in his holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek his face” (Psalm 105:1-4).
O Lord, our Father: You invite us to search for You and to seek Your strength, even as we seek Thy face. In Jesus Christ our Lord we have, by Your Spirit’s guidance, been led to that ever-shining Star, whose light is the very light emanating from Thy throne of grace; hear now our prayer, mixed in with the prayers of a nation in need, and perfected by an all-wise and all-loving God who says, ‘I do not willingly afflict the children of men;” and, yet, from whom nothing is hid nor does it surprise You; in that mystery, we lay our burdens, and in that mystery we locate our salvation; for it surely demonstrates that Your ways are not our ways, and your thoughts are higher than our thoughts; So, loving Lord, we seek Thee and find Thee in the course of first-responders, the love of neighbors reaching out to neighbors, families taking in strangers, others who have lost everything risking their own lives to give aid to those who are in desperate need; and we see Thee in the cooperation between agencies, governments, and even rival parties; for in all of the tragedy we see the image of God in man; and in this, may our nation find healing, may Texans and west Louisiana residents find comfort and hope, as we stand united as one; in this, Three-Persons-in-One, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we have located Your figure in the midst of the storm; even the outline of a God-man walking on the waters of the brown water flood of Houston; We have found You and we deposit this prayer for our nation, for victims of the flood, at the foot of the cross, where promise and mystery meet. Lord, heal our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen.