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As the sun set on yesterday’s National Prayer Day, I wanted to remember the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Remember to pray for those who have lost everything. For those displaced by flood waters and tornadoes. For those who will have to wait weeks, and even months, to know the extent of the damages to property and livelihoods. Pray for families as they begin to rebuild entire lifetimes. Pray for children as they deal with the trauma of what has happened.

Pray for us as a country, that we remember what it means to unite for the common good of our neighbor.

Remember to pray for the families of those whose lives were lost in the midst of the storm. Those whose names we know, and those whose families are still waiting and hoping for news of missing loved ones. These are the names of 24 of the 60 presumed dead, a number that will no doubt change as waters recede and clean-up begins. Lord, have mercy…

Alonso Guillen, 31

Thomas Carreon Jr

Mike Tucker, 66

Colette Sulcer, 41

Agnes Stanley, 89

Alexander Sung, 64

Joshua Feuerstein, 33

Lisa Jones, 60

Andrew Pasek, 25

Travis Callihan, 45

Ruben Jordan, 57

Jorge Raul Perez, 25

Yahir Rubio-Vizuet, 45

Ronald Zaring, 82

Ola Mae Winfrey-Crooks, 82

Benito Juarez Cavazos, 42

Donald Rogers, 65
Rochelle Rogers, 58

Manuel Saldivar, 84
Belia Saldivar, 81
Devy, 16
Dominic, 14
Xavier, 8
Daisy, 6

Each story as heartbreaking as the one before. Each representing a family who will be forever changed.

Lord, have mercy…

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The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18

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