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A PRAYER FOR ALL AFFECTED BY THE N.S.W. BUSH FIRES



Loving God, our hearts are joined with the trials and sufferings of all affected by the N.S.W. bush fires. Protect those in the path of danger. Open the pathway of evacuation. Help loved ones to find one another in the chaos. Provide assistance to those who need help. Where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace.


O God, we commend to your loving keeping, all who work to bring rescue and relief, especially the firefighters, police, paramedics, medical personnel,

 and volunteers, – all who are helping. Give them courage in danger, skill in difficulty, and compassion in service. Sustain them with bodily strength and calmness of mind that they may perform their work to the well-being of those in need so that lives may be saved and communities restored.


Loving Lord, we come to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures forever. Comfort those who have been harmed or displaced by this disaster. Grant them your strength to meet the days ahead. Allow them to experience your peace, and grant them hope to face the future. Move in those who are able to give aid, that we may be your hands and heart on the earth.


Adapted from Lutheran Disaster Response, Upstate NY

Image by Gnangarra…commons.wikimedia.org



GOD BLESS OUR FIREFIGHTERS



“Almost 1,500 firefighters in the Australian state of New South Wales have been battling its worst bushfires in a decade. .…At one point on Thursday, more than 100 fires were burning across the state, with eight designated as emergencies. By the early hours of Friday morning more than 30 were described as “out of control”. …At least two firefighters were injured. …Many firefighters, particularly in Winmalee in the Blue Mountains, were told that their homes were destroyed while they were out fighting fires.”




The Guardian - N.S.W. Worst Bush Fires