Holy One,
when the forces of nature
at their fullest,
meet the works of humankind,
we find out that we,
and all we create,
are ephemeral—
no matter how strong we make them.
We give thanks, though,
that we have places of shelter,
where we can find safety,
with one another,
with you.
Help us to help those
who have lost livelihood and home
because of the storm.
Help us to be neighbour
to friend and stranger,
to be safe haven
in the repair and the rebuilding.
Amen and amen.

—A prayer for those affected by the destruction done by the tornadoes that touched land in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions, and the storm across northeastern Ontario and Quebec, by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. Originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.