The Land is Burning
G-d of mercy,
The land is burning,
Devastation set loose upon the earth,
Upon the innocent and the righteous,
Source and Shelter,
Hold back the winds,
Bring forth the rains,
Even as the courageous battle the blazes,
Rescuing the frightened and trapped,
Even as victims flee and neighbors come to each other’s aid,
Even as we mourn the dead
And search for the missing.
G-d of compassion,
Bless the people of California with succor and relief.
Bless firefighters and police with endurance and strength.
Bless public safety, rescue and mental health professionals with stamina and resolve.
Bless the victims with resilience and renewal.
Let the inferno end
And healing begin.
© 2017 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: See also a prayer “For Firefighters.”
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