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Prayer for those impacted by the fires on the West coast

View of the wildfires in Newell Creek Canyon in Oregon (Photo by Kirill Ignatyev, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Lord God, this year continues to batter us and we wonder when there will be relief.

Even as the pandemic persists, natural disasters do not stop. We see images of smoke-filled skies, leaping flames and the carnage of fires ravaging the West coast, and we grieve for those impacted by these tragic events. We pray for firefighters and first responders putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others. We ask for your strength for all the people reeling from the loss of property and possessions. We plead for you to comfort those mourning the loss of life.

No matter the cause of our siblings’ suffering, we yearn to participate in bringing them respite and hope. You promise that springs of living water will flow from believers’ hearts. Open the flood gates of our hearts now. May rivers of your grace and mercy overflow into creation bringing healing and restoration to every corner of your beloved world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.