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Prayers for Japan

People watch the aftermath of tsunami tidal waves covering a port at Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, after strong earthquakes hit the area Friday, March 11, 2011. (Keichi Nakane / The Yomiuri Shimbun) ctv.ca

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit Japan just a couple of hours ago. The quake unleashed a massive tsunami  that hit Sendai City in Northeastern Miyagi. According to the news 40 are confirmed dead and thousands injured, but I guess this figure will still rise, as I look on tv at how this catastrophe destroyed this part of Japan.

I just came back from a family trip to Dubai when this report surprised us on tv. My wife worked for a couple of years in Japan, and she has lots of friends there. And so it’s quite disturbing to think of how people are suffering there at this moment.

Watching the live news from the Filipino Channel, I saw how dark-colored flood was spreading through the streets, swiping away cars, trucks and houses. That was a video footage by a helicopter, done by the local Japanese tv networks.

Just recently, a strong earthquake also hit New Zealand, leaving many dead and many homeless. I come to think how easy it is for nature to destroy us, how easy life can be.

Nobody knows our fate except the One above. He is the most powerful and only Him decides who goes and who stays. That decision is never in our hands.

As I close this post, allow me to leave a short prayer for the people in Japan.

A PRAYER FOR STRENGTH

O Lord, in this time of need, strengthen us. You are our strength and our shield, a very present help in trouble. I know Father, that Your eyes go to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts long for You. The body grows weary, but our hope is in You to renew our strength.

We do not fear for You are with us. We are not dismayed or overwhelmed, for You are our God. We know You will stregnthen us and help us; that You will uphold us with Your righteous hand. Even as the shadows of disasters cover us, we feel the comfort of Your strength, O Lord.

Amen.

(adapted from baptistonline.org)

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A tsunami warning was issued for all neighboring countries, including the Philippines. My prayers goes to everyone around that might be affected. I pray to God that this tsunamis subside and disappear in the waters, before it hit the grounds. Please join me in my prayers. I know God will listen.

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11 Responses to “Prayers for Japan”


  1. March 13, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I was watching these videos here:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/5-raw-videos-of-japanese-earthquake-and-tsunami?awesm=awe.sm_5H4iB&utm_content=awesm-tweet-button-horizontal&utm_medium=awe.sm-twitter&utm_source=facebook.com

    It is horrendous and so scary. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to go through that and it breaks my heart. My prayers and thought are with those affected. Another hard reality when natural disasters happen is not the hardest part…the hardest part is rebuilding lives and cities. I hope the friends your wife has in Japan are well in mind, spirit, in body. I pray that the devastation, lives lost, and injuries are as small as possible.

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  2. March 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Hello, and thank you for your very thoughful post. I followed you from Kate’s blog, and I’m glad I did, just to be blessed by your prayer for the suffering in Japan.

    It’s so sad, I’m afraid to turn on the TV for fear of what will happen next, yet I really want to stay informed. I’ll be praying in agreement with you that the survivors will all be upheld in God’s righteous right hand, and know His peace even in this time of trouble.

    Blessings to you, and thanks again for your beautiful prayer.

    Linda 🙂

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  3. March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I’m saddened by what happened and I really get scared especially for our kids. With what’s happening in other parts of the globe, I wonder what future is instore for them? Will they still be able to experience the beauty of God’s creation now that we’re feeling the global warming and experiencing natural disasters left and right, not to mention, political wars in other countries that leads to mass killings?

    I still believe in the power of prayers and our Dear Almighty, He just wants us to wake up and go back to where we should be and do what we are supposed to do.

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  4. 4 nelson RN
    March 16, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Hi KATE, our friends in Japan are ALL SAFE. Thank God. They are in Tokyo. Some of them are flying back to the Philippines this coming weekend. I have the same prayers as yours.

    Hi LINDA, it is my site’s honor to have you here. I’m with you in prayers for Japan.

    Hi AIDISAN, I fear for my son too. I want him to climb trees, swim in clean rivers and go out there on the streets feeling safe. Our planet really needs to be saved and we have to do something. I also believe in the power of prayers. HE will take care of us.

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  5. June 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I think it’s been a while since this has been brought up. People have moved on, and many new catastrophes have passed. But who knows what we will face next? I always feared that one day God might take away the things I cherish and love, and even if it seems weird to some people I still pray everyday that God may forgive us all and give us another chance and another day.

    I hope people may not forget the message that God has sent us. We should all avoid sin, and ask for forgiveness for our wrongdoings. Even if there are no recent calamities, or even if the latest ones are not that significant to the world, I think it’s time that people change.

    Oh well, my break time is up! Back to studying! 🙂

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  6. June 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Pearl is right, its not too late to change and all should go back to Christ! We are living on these very last days and we should not take God for granted.

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  7. 9 kat
    June 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

    di pa nga sila nakakabangon sa insedenteng yan, nilindol na naman sila kamakailan lang…kakaawa talaga…noong napanood ko yong aftermath, naiyak talaga ako, lalo pag may matanda at batang nakakaawa tingnan talaga…

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  8. June 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Let’s pray that all these incidents will not hit our country. It may hit but not as huge and powerful like that of Japan. I know God will hear our prayers.

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  9. 11 Ruben Prosperi
    November 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Very effectively written information. It is going to be beneficial to anybody who usess it, together with myself. Keep up the great work – for sure i’ll check out more posts.

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