From, for and on the behalf of American Baptist College (ABC) we offer this prayer.

(ABC) is our school, Nashville is our campus.

God of the heavens and nature try as we might, we know that we cannot control the weather. God, we pray for the victims of this disaster, Lord, that you would comfort the lives that were spared Lord, and that you would take care of those who perished.

We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayer for strength. We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their security and their hope.

Galvanize in us the act of continued giving. Let not our hands be stopped, our voices silenced, and bond us to our sisters and brothers in need. Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, in aid to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected, even after the crisis is over.

God, please help the victims to have patience and help family members to be reunited. Lord, we pray that you will ensure that the victims do not come under any illnesses from this disaster, and we also pray that they get enough food and clean water and proper shelter for everyone.

Bless the work of relief agencies and those providing emergency assistance. May their work be guided by the grace and strength that comes from You alone.

Open through this tragedy pathways to partnerships and peace. God, please bless those who are doing everything they can to help these people and make sure that things run smoothly in repairing this great community.

May we have the courage to face the long road that is ahead of us of rebuilding Nashville and the surrounding areas. In Your Name of mercy and healing and compassion we pray.

Submitted by Professor William Green, Dean of Chapel

Adapted from many sources regarding the March 3, 2020.