At this time my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Myanmar (Burma), who are struggling in the aftermath of a terrible cyclone that has claimed at least fifteen thousand lives now. This is a saddening disaster and I extend my sympathies to the people affected by the situation.
As a Catholic, I offer my prayers for the souls of those who have been killed:
Grant unto them, Oh Lord;
And let perpetual light shine upon them;
May they rest in peace.
I also pray that the Spirit of God will give strength and hope to those who are left behind to deal with the aftermath; those who have lost loved ones and those who have been displaced. I pray for the international aid organisations galvanising to help the situation, that their efforts may help to reduce the suffering and begin to rebuild the shattered lives of the communities affected.
I ask you all to pray for the people of Burma and to share your prayers here. If you want to add to what I have said, so that we may collect our positive thoughts in one place so that they strengthen each other, then please use the comment facility to share your thoughts and prayers.
Matthew Youde, multi-region trustee.