Reflections on how Christians help each other to grow and mature in loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Prayer for the Survivors of Southern California Fires

I was prompted this morning to pray for the people who have lost their homes and belongings to fire in Souther California. I pray especially for the fire fighters, police, EMTs, and relief workers who are serving and caring for the survivors; many of whom have lost their own homes to the fires.

The following is an adapted version of a prayer from
Book of Common Prayer:

O merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that
you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:
Look with pity upon the sorrows of the people of Southern California:
those who have lost their homes to fire,
those who are fighting the fires,
and those who are working to relieve the suffering of survivors
for whom our prayers are offered.
Remember them, O Lord, in mercy,
nourish their souls with patience,
comfort them with a sense of your goodness,
lift up your countenance upon them,
and give them peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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