Prayer For Colorado Fires

Our God and God of our fathers and mothers,
As the flames burn, wreaking havoc upon our forests, our homes,
our fire fighters, our sense of security,
We turn to You for comfort and support.
Help us to differentiate between flames of destruction
and light that shows us Your way.

We know that flames can destroy.
A people decimated once, twice and more,
Having passed through infernos set by humans filled with hate, we remember the destructive abilities of these flames.
Keep us far from apocalyptic thoughts,
for we know that You ask us to care for this world,
an awesome responsibility.

We also know that we can seek You in the flames.
We recall Your Loving Hand, guiding us in our infancy:
In a burning bush, You spoke to Moses, sending him to lead our people out of slavery,
In a pillar of fire, You led our people through the wilderness to the Promised Land,
With black fire on white fire, You wrote the Torah, our guide for living in this world.
Through Your light, we found our way.

Be with us now, these smoke and fire-filled days.
Draw us close to those harmed by these flames, hearing their cries, responding to their needs.
Lead us to support those who fight the fires, who care for the displaced, who bring healing to those suffering.
Though our attention spans seem so short, may we be slow to forget those in danger.
And please bring cooling wind and rain from the heavenly realms to Northern California.

And may we all embrace at least one lesson spoken aloud by so many who facing the flames rushed to pack up their valuables:

That memories of love and of time spent with family and friends are priceless, holy and sacred.
This can never be taken away.
As we rush to meet the challenge of living in this
imperfect world of ours,
May we slow down enough to cherish those who are truly valuable kadosh/holy to us.

Oh Lord, as heat and dry weather envelope our country, we in the Marquette University community pray for our family, friends, alumni and benefactors who have been affected by the devastating fires currently burning throughout our land.

Fire is so very necessary for our existence, and yet, when it gets out of control, it can be more damaging than anything else. We ask God for protection against destroying fire. Keep our lives, our homes, buildings, woods and fields safe from this scourge. Help us to always use care and caution in our use of fire. Bring the waters of refreshment to quench the fires and the thirst of those who fight to protect and save us from fires.

Give us a saving fear of the fires that destroy. Help us to control them. Give us the fire of passion in our hearts that we may help those in need.