Lord, today we pray for Afghanistan and Pakistan as they deal with the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake. Most of all, they grieve hundreds of lost lives, including 12 school girls crushed as they tried to evacuate their school building. They have homes and buildings to rebuild, messes to clean up, rescue efforts underway. Give them strength and hope in the midst of these monumental tasks. Send help their way. Be among them. Lord, we know this earth tends toward decay. We long for the day when it will be made new. In the meantime, we think of promises like Isaiah 54:10: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” Despite this recent disaster, may the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan experience this divine love and peace. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.