Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught on yet, each day of the week will have a different theme. Monday with Be Matins Monday.
There was a day in seminary when one of my favorite professors (Reggie Kidd) was lecturing and began to talk about his favorite painter, Georges Rouault. He showed us images from one of Rouault’s collections called the Miserere. If you have ever been in my office you may have noticed that I have a copy prominently displayed and opened to my favorite page:
The caption of the print reads: Chantez Matines, le jour renait. Which translated means, “Sing Morning prayers, a new day is born” and refers to the first Easter morning. For some reason the painting and its inscription have stuck with me. So each Monday I will be posting prayers for the new week.
With the tragedy in Japan and the way #prayforJapan is trending on twitter, I thought I might focus on that this morning.
A Tsunami Prayer (cf. Psalm 93)
Father, in the face of tragedy like the earthquake and tsunami’s in Japan it is hard to see what you are doing.
We know that you are good and powerful, but both of those thoughts are drowned out by the roar of the waves.
The earth shakes around us and our vision of you is blurred.
Tragedy, heartache, pain, and sorrow multiply.
Where were you when the earth moved? Where were you when the mountains fell?
As we see the tragedy across the see, we also wonder where you are in our pain.
Where are you in the midst of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and pain in our lives?
Where are you?
As we question these things, we are reminded by David that your throne has been established from all generations.
Every sparrow is held up by your breath, and every minute is numbered in your mind.
You are good and you are strong.
Though the waves threaten to drowned out these things, we know you are mightier.
Despite the pain in the world and in our hearts, we know your decrees are good and your faithfulness extends to all nations and all generations.
O Lord, make haste to help us and those in Japan.
O God, make speed to save us.