Watching events unfolding in two different parts of the world, both involving massive loss of life (now apparently running into the thousands in both situations), has been harrowing today. I know that the churches in the US of A are mobilising to help those in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who have been so devastated by hurricane Katrina. This has been a terrible and traumatising ordeal for the whole nation. I wait to hear from friends in the South as to how they are getting on. I hope that similar help will be mobilised for the people of Baghdad following the tragedy there today.
The people of the USA and Iraq are united by their grief today. May the nations of the world reach out to both countries in friendship and support.
'O God, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'