Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti quake claims regional ministry student

Ben Larson, a Seminarian at Wartburg (Lutheran) Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa was one of the many killed by Haiti's earthquake. Fr. Ryan Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookings, SD, knew Larson when both ministered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fr. Hall posted a link to the report on his Facebook page.

Larson, only 25 years old, was from Madison, Wisconsin. He was with his wife Renee (a North Dakota native) and cousin Jonathan on a teaching and study term in Port-au-Prince. Renee and Jonathan survived the collapse of their building.

The somewhat impersonal, TV screen tragedy in Haiti has its places of grief across the Northern Plains. Let us pray:

Rest eternal grant to Ben and all of your people who died in Haiti's earthquake, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace.

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that
thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom
our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy,
nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of
thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give
them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for those "in Trouble or Bereavement," The Book of Common Prayer

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