We do not understand suffering. The depths of the suffering in Japan breaks our heart and causes us to ask why? When a mother cries out for the loss of a child, or a child cried for the loss of a father, we recognise that none of this suffering makes any sense.
We pray for the people of Japan and ask that you would be the God of all comfort. We pray that you, the God who in your Son has suffered and died on the Cross, be with these people in their suffering.
We pray that you, that God who, in your Son and by your Spirit, has defeated death and been raised again, bring hope and love to these people in their suffering.
We pray that you, the God who has sent us His Spirit, would enable us to be a people who would reach out in love and compassion to the people of Japan. Help us Lord, whoever we are and whatever we believe, to do what we can to share their burdens and relieve their suffering.
We thank you Jesus that one day you will make all things new. But right now, in the midst of the brokenness we pray for healing, hope and a glimpse of that newness.
Et teneo et teneor - 'I both hold and am held'