I was looking through the Book of Common Prayer tonight for something that would be appropriate for the victims and survivors of Katrina.
I know many people - in addition to those who are asking "where was the government" - might be asking "where was God?"
There have been some who said publicly that the storm was the judgment of God on the city and its inhabitants. People said similar stuff after 9-11. But I found this prayer more reflective of Christ.
Feel free to post one of your own if you are so inclined.
O merciful Father, who has taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant(s) for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them , O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer, The Church Hymnal Corporation, New york, 1979)