An Advent Prayer as Fires Burn

God of all creation and renewal,
Bring healing to this burning land!

We pray for darkened skies,
Now choked with poison,
This dry and blistered earth,
And all your hurting creatures.

We pray for firefighters and volunteers.
And thank you for their selfless love,
For valour in the place of peril.

We pray for the traditional owners and custodians of the land.

We pray for farmers,
For families,
The exiled and displaced.

For those who have lost all.

Turn our words of lamentation into compassion, justice and rebirth.

Heal our broken hearts, O Lord!
Baptise us again.

(Delivered at St James’, King Street in Sydney on the Second Sunday of Advent, 2019.)