For the Victims of the Flooding in Ellicott City

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the flooding in Ellicott City. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend the inhabitants of Ellicott City from the perils of instability as they rebuild their lives, and grant them like Job to be restored to a full faith in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Originally written in memory of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, 8 November 2013.

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum , by John Martin (1789-1854). From Wikimedia.

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