Prayer for May 2019
We can’t but have helped but notice the great distress and bewilderment over recent days at the destruction wrought by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, especially for the people of Paris, the nation of France as a whole, as well as further afield. It was so very moving to see so many people gathering together in the streets to gaze silently at the devastating sight and, in their sorrow, to burst forth with spontaneous prayer. On Maundy Thursday church bells all over this country, and the world, rang-out in solidarity with the people for whom Notre Dame is not just a beautiful, magnificent landmark, but their spiritual home. I share this prayer with you now as the people of France, in particular, look to the future and to re-building and renewal.
Living God, in solidarity and in faith in you, we pray for people known and loved by us who are experiencing the turmoil of bereavement and the pain of grief. When the darkness of sorrow threatens to overwhelm us help us, by whatever little faith we think we have, to reach out for the light of hope in Christ Jesus. Help us also to accept and to lean on the prayers and faith of others.
Also, living God, we pray for and with the people of France, for all who consider Notre Dame Cathedral as their spiritual home – a place of centuries of prayer and worship, through times of joy and of tribulation. Be with them we pray in this time of sorrow, and into the future.