On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, 2021, an unusually large outbreak of tornadoes -- at least 30 -- ripped through six states in the United States -- Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Whole communities were destroyed, and at least 100 people are feared dead. Casualties were reported in a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, a nursing home in Arkansas, and elsewhere.

And so we pray this news . . .

May you feel solidarity surrounding you in the tragic wake of these shocking storms; may first responders be buoyed by energy, resources, and strength; may mutual aid systems hold firm to support those in need as climate systems continue to surprise; and as you mourn the dead and seek safety, loved ones, and healing, may you be grounded in the truth that the first steps toward repair are made here, now, even amidst the chaos, in these moments of coming together, creating community, searching, rescuing, recovering, and transforming individual and collective grief into new connections that will weather even the most catastrophic winds.


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