Prayer for Monterrey

We are here in Oaxaca now, but our hearts are still with our friends in Monterrey, especially as we heard the news that on Thursday a casino was attacked, most likely by drug trafficking groups, and was set on fire.  More than 50 people were killed, most of them women.  Our hearts break as we think of the victim’s families, and as we imagine the terror this creates among the people there.  Sometimes it is hard for me to pray.  That’s when I turn to music and the Psalms.

Through tears I sang “Señor, Ten Piedad” (Lord, have mercy) for those who are suffering today. We sang this song often at Jireh, the Baptist church we attended while in Monterrey.  It goes like this..

Imploramos tu piedad, Oh buen Señor  (We implore your mercy, O Good Lord)

por quien sufre en este mundo, a una gime toda la creación (on those who suffer in this world, all creation groans together)

Tus oídos se inclinen al clamor de esta gente oprimida (Your ears bend down toward the cries of oppressed people)

Apura, oh Señor, tu salvación (Hurry, O Lord, and send your salvation)

Sea tu paz bendita hermanada a la justicia (May your blessed peace together with your justice)

que abrace al mundo entero.  Ten compasión. (embrace the whole world. Have compassion.)

Que tu poder sustente el testimonio de tu pueblo (May your power sustain the testimony of your people)

y que tu reino venga. Señor, ten piedad (and may your kingdom come. Lord, have mercy.)

Then, I prayed Psalm 56 for my friends in Monterrey.  These verses were especially meaningful to me…

3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

8-9 “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll- are they not in your record?  Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.”

13 “You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

Please join me in prayer for those who are suffering in Monterrey and around the globe.

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  1. We continue to pray for you dear friends. We can’t imagine the grieve, loss and pain that accompanies such a tragic event. Our hearts reach out to you as you minister to those who have lost loved ones and yet continue to see the evident grace of God expressed through your care and friendship with them. We are grieving along with you and yet trusting in the loving grace of our Lord Jesus who longs for his children to come to know him in Monterrey. I am praying Psalm 46 over you. 1 God is our shelter and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
    2 So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken
    and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
    3 even if the seas roar and rage,
    and the hills are shaken by the violence.
    4 There is a river that brings joy to the city of God,
    to the sacred house of the Most High.
    5 God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed;
    at early dawn he will come to its aid.
    6 Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken;
    God thunders, and the earth dissolves.
    7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.
    8 Come and see what the LORD has done.
    See what amazing things he has done on earth.
    9 He stops wars all over the world;
    he breaks bows, destroys spears,
    and sets shields on fire.
    10 “Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God,
    supreme among the nations,
    supreme over the world.”
    11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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