God of Creation,

As the fires mar the landscape of California, may your children discover ways to extinguish this great inferno quickly.

Keep our siblings in harm’s way safe. Create avenues of escape for all your living beings. May the winds die down, the rains fall, the heat lessen.

Oh how we forget that we are connected to this creation – whether we are in the Midwest or Northeast US, and whether we abide in Oceania, Europe, Asia, or Africa.

Each action ripples into our world and either blesses it or sets damage in motion.

We are always connected, and let us never forget this.


The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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