Prayers for the fires

For those fighting the blazes in Greece,
for those in Mari and Kineta and Rafina,
mourning losses, seeking shelter,
running into the sea,

we pray in the power of Holy Spirit
who is a hovering over water.

For the gathering of those who rescue
from so many countries,
large and small, near and more distant,
and especially those
who put themselves at risk,

we pray in the power of Holy Spirit
who is a surprising sharing of all tongues.

For those in the ongoing struggle
with wildfires across Sweden,
for those in Italy, Croatia,
Montenegro, France, Portugal, Sicily,
for the drought-tinder of Europe
in these times of danger,
and, far away from these sites,
for the forest fires of British Columbia,
Oregon and Colorado,

we pray in the power of Holy Spirit
who a descending of love
in all places
that calls all God’s children beloved.

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