If anything could avert so terrible a calamity, prayer would do it. True repentance is the only way to remove the rod from any people. O Lord, help us to cast out our sins, lest they compel thee to chasten us with sore affliction. Accept us, for our hope is in thy Son.
When distractions, fear and doubt,
Come from all the world without,
And like locusts plague the soul,
Lord, do thou their power control.
When the clouds of grief and care,
Darken down into despair,
When by grief we are laid low,
Then thy gracious kindness show.