I wrote this prayer several years ago but as I watched the devastation being caused by the 100 fires raging across New South Wales and Queensland, as well as California it came to mind again as an appropriate prayer for this time.
God Almighty giver and sustainer of life,
For those whose homes are threatened by fire,
we ask your mercy.
For those whose lives are threatened by flames,
We pray your protection.
For those who have lost all their possessions,
We prayer your comfort.
For those whose health is impaired by smoke,
We pray your healing.
Be with those who respond,
Keep safe firefighters, police and volunteers.
Make their efforts effective.
Be with those who grieve
Bring them comfort.
Surround the animals in harms way
May they find shelter.
God in your mercy,
Hear our prayers.
(c) Christine Sine. (Adapted from a 2013 prayer)