As we watch flames engulf neighborhood after neighborhood, let us pause to pray over those who are involved in the current fires in San Diego.
Pray for families who are evacuated.
Pray for those who have lost their homes.
Pray for the people responding on the front lines of the fires.
Pray for leaders and their decisions.
Pray for neighbors serving their communities.
Pray for social service agencies, law enforcement, and elected officials.
Pray for weather conditions to change and fires to be contained.
Pray for the clean-up that will follow.
Pray for how you can respond.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor.
- adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal
(If you want to respond in a future disaster, we're offering a shelter worker training on May 31st at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene. Let these fires be a reminder that preparation is important! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.)