O Lord of Creation, and Lover of all humankind, you are gracious and merciful to all your creatures, and the protector of everyone who calls upon you for help: we ask you to watch over all persons who are afflicted by the recent hurricanes, which have already caused devastation in the Caribbean and Gulf region of our hemisphere; please shelter all those who are seeking safety and refuge in this hour of need, and please comfort all those whose homes and places of work have been destroyed; we ask you especially to care for those who have lost loved ones, and please bring into your nearer embrace those who have died in the storms; we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Holy Spirit reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.     [from Stephen Holmgren]