I would like to share with you all a prayer, drawing inspiration from Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountain shake in the heart of the sea”.
Creator God, we come to you in a time of uncertainty, seeking your mercy, healing and hope.
Our homes in Western Australia are experiencing the devastation of fire emergencies and lockdown in response to the pandemic, that has wreaked suffering and death on hundreds of thousands throughout your world.
Sometimes it is difficult to remain calm and still when those around us are faced with a real threat.
We pray for those who have lost their homes or properties. We are deeply conscious of the loss of stock and wildlife, as well as our beautiful native vegetation.
Especially at this time, O God, do we pray for firefighters, all emergency service personnel, police, volunteers, medical staff, government officials and all those on the frontline of pandemic prevention. Grant all strength, wisdom and clear decision-making.
We pray also for the vulnerable in our community, especially the elderly and those in aged care, separated from loved ones.
We pray for our young people, particularly those experiencing the interruption to the start of their new school life adventure.
You, O God, are a very certain help in a time of trouble.
Be with us – and all your people everywhere, in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.