Wildfire Prayer

Help us, God! We need your help!
Send rain now! Hold back the wind!
We see people fleeing wildfires;
they grab each other and go, leaving everything,
not knowing if they will ever see their homes again.
The smell of smoke. Ash falling.
The glow of flames devouring the landscape,
every living creature running for dear life.
We are terrified by this fiery power.
Send rain now! Hold back the wind!
Spare our communities, spare our land.
Protect firefighters and emergency workers and police 
who are serving in life threatening conditions.
Give them courage, strength and endurance;
keep them safe as they do their work.
God our refuge, there are many
who don’t know where they will sleep tonight.
Bless all who open their arms and their homes
to help those who need sheltering.
As communities face this crisis,
we need your assurance for the fearful,
your comfort for the bereaved,
your hope for the despairing.
God help us in our time of need,
in ways we can’t even think about yet.
And send rain now!

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at carol@leadinginworship.com

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