Prayer and natural disasters

Each day the news brings reports of natural and man-made disasters. Can prayer really make a difference in dealing with them?

When we hear of a fire, flood, tornado, or earthquake ravaging a community, we are moved with concern and sympathy. We yearn for a practical way to express our compassion.

But the scope of the tragedy or its distance from home or our present economic situation may leave us feeling rather helpless. Perhaps we are facing a relationship or career disaster of our own and just don't feel able to show extra care for someone we don't personally know.

Still, something deep within us wants to help. We are not satisfied to picture ourselves following in the footsteps of the priest and Levite who passed by the wounded man in Christ Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan. See Luke 10:30–35 . We want to play some small part in the restoration and healing of damaged lives. Where can we begin?

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May 14, 1990

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