A prayer for Oklahoma

God of our hearts,
we search our shared sky
for the rainbow
of your unwavering love
to arch over our hearts
when the pain of unimagiable loss
swirls and thrashes us to dust.

Oh please Abba,
shelter those whose lives
have been blown into the abyss
that they may know your peace
after the storm
in the storm
on the horizon of their hearts.

Oh Mother,
thou who were, are and will be
the creator and animator
of love in our frames,
may we be that which will
make palpable your grace
in the graceless days before us.

Brother Christ,
grant us the will
to rise and go
to those whose pain
surpasses our comprehension
but not our compassion.

Endless Spirit,
in the days ahead
when there is no calm
after the storm
we pray
that we may be still
and know.


About Kimberly Knight

Kimberly has a long history of back-pew sitting, Wednesday night supper eatin' and generally trying God’s patience since 1969. She's lucky enough to have made her technology addiction a career and serves as both the Director of Digital Strategy as a southern liberal arts college and Minister of Digital community with Extravagance UCC.

  • http://twitter.com/ProgressiveRev Bob Lawrence

    As an Oklahoma pastor, I thank you (and countless others) for this prayer and all the others.

  • April

    Thank you, Kimberly, from a devoted reader of your blog from Oklahoma. Your words are always so meaningful.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kimberlyknight/ Kimberly

      Thank YOU April! How did you and your family do through the storm? Is everyone ok?

      • April

        We live a few miles south of the tornado’s path — far enough away to be safe, but close enough to grab the dogs and cats and burrow under a mattress. But the devastation is such that it takes your breath away as you drive by. Lots of folks are hurting, and lots of bewildered animals are disconnected from their humans. But, day by day … so, thanks for this prayer and for your blog. It is both a balm and a boost for those of us here who yearn for LGBT equality but see it happening at what often seems like an exceptionally slow pace.