As Fires Rage

A prayer to be said as the California wildfires rage, destroying homes and taking lives. See also this prayer “For Firefighters.”

As Fires Rage
G-d beyond my understanding,
Fires consume the land,
Destroying homes and lives,
Blazing into the foundations of serenity and security.
Let the winds cease,
The rain fall,
And the fires be extinguished.

G-d of justice and mercy,
We pray for the people of California.
As fires rage and fear spreads,
We pray for the survivors and the mourners,
The traumatized and the bereaved.
Grant them shelter and solace,
Comfort and consolation,
Blessing and renewal.
May people of righteousness and mercy
Come swiftly to their aid.
Grant the fire fighters and first responders
Strength and endurance
As they battle the inferno.

G-d of heaven and earth,
Hand of love and shelter,
Grant the people of California
Your protection
And Your peace.

© 2018 Alden Solovy and

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