Fierce winds blow through the lives of your people, O God,
and we cry out to you for mercy.
Hear our prayers.
Companion us with faithful friends
who refuse to abandon us in our distress
and walk with us all the way to places of healing and hope.
Grant us double shares of your spirit,
that as we seek to find our way back to life,
we are strengthened by the community of others
who have walked the path we walk before us
and encouraged by those who observe our transition
from fear and despair to courage and grace.
In the fiery storms of grief and pain, Lord,
divide for us the waters that threaten to overtake us,
and lead us through on dry ground,
steadying our feet,
and lifting our eyes toward the future.
Inspire in us the daring it requires
to pick up the mantle that has been thrown down
and the wisdom and faith to use it according to your will.
In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayers.