A Collect for Mercy from Upheaval and Destruction

Almighty God, righteous judge of the nations, spare us from the destruction that we rightly deserve for our foolishness and evil. Mercifully teach us how to do good that the land would be spared from your wrath and the upheaval of all things, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whose mercy we may enter your presence through the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse– a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. “For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good.”‘ – Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22