Monday, May 23, 2016

Prayer about the boarding school fire in northern Thailand
Lord, today our hearts ache for the students of the Pithakkaiat Witthaya School in northern Thailand. Please be with the remaining almost 400 students as they deal with the loss of 18 classmates to last night’s dormitory fire. Provide excellent grief counselors—formal and informal. Grant parents and school leaders wisdom as they walk through this grief and trauma with the children. Help investigators discern what caused this fire and what could have been done differently in order to save more lives. We pray for the injured students and teacher as they recover from their wounds. We pray for all involved to learn to sleep, trust, and find peace again. We pray very specifically for 11-year-old Suchada, who raised the alarm. Bless her for her bravery and quick response, and please be very close to her as she processes through the fact that some of her friends did not believe her, ignored her entreaties to escape, and then perished. Help Suchada replace these bad memories with good ones. Help her become wholly secure in you. Finally, we pray for the families of those who perished. May your Holy Spirit and their support networks strengthen and surround them during this time. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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