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Leaders call for prayer on Japan earthquake and tsunami

March 11, 2011

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1).

The Psalmist’s words of lament resonate deeply during this season of Lent, but especially this day as we witness the destruction from the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

The magnitude of this kind of tragedy is difficult to grasp. Yet, our faith leads us to affirm that in even greater measure is the presence of God in the midst of the devastation.

Please join us in praying for those affected by these events – the victims and their families, those who wait for word from loved ones, those offering aid and comfort now and in the days and weeks to come, civic and national leaders, and faith communities in Japan that offer hope in a seemingly hopeless time.

The Psalmist’s final words are, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise God, my help and my God” (Ps. 42:11).

May it be so.

Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010)
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council

For additional information and resources on the church’s response to the tragedy:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance website
Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith blog

  1. We are a denomination of people from all over the world. I think of my friends from the University of Michigan who reside in Japan, and I think of friends and family from my church family at Fourth Presbyterian Church who have been greatly affected by this tragedy and I pray for God's aid and our help--our disaster relief help for the people of Japan. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ--nothing.

    by Charita Ford

    March 21, 2011

  2. http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda/ has the latest information on the disaster in Japan, and giving opportunities. You can also donate now by visiting https://gamc.pcusa.org/give/make-a-gift/DR000117/.

    by Barry Creech

    March 14, 2011

  3. How do I make a monetary contribution to the disaster effort in Japan by the PCUSA? I can't seem to find it on this website.

    by Sandra B. Lockwood

    March 14, 2011

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