Who prays for Japan?
All of us, I hope.
Here is a special prayer. Fred, my wonderful octogenarian friend who survived the World War II Japanese concentration camps (Jappenkampen) in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) sent this to me. He does not recall having a sense of faith while in the camps. He noticed that many lost their sense of faith in the camps, and some were able to hold on to a connection with God.
Fred’s faith grew once he had many years of freedom and visited Canada (which turned into an unexpected immigration – long story). Fred now lives in California.
I am fortunate to have a connection with Fred, his wife and extended family.
We are all fortunate that Fred, one of many who could harbor resentment, wouldn’t think of it. Instead he is passing along this prayer.
We have had no discussion of his feelings today about Japan, just suddenly – this prayer in my email inbox.
Thank you to all who remember to pray,
“Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over the shaking of the earth, the rising of the sea, and the raging of the waves. We tremble at your power and bow before your un…searchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We cover our faces and kiss your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the floor in prayer and feel how fragile the very ground is beneath our knees.