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The Land is Burning: A Prayer for California

The Land is Burning: A Prayer for California

Firefighters work to put out a wildfire blazing across dry land

A prayer to end the California wildfires, for safety, for the victims, for healing and for renewal. Also, here’s a prayer to say “For Firefighters.”

The Land is Burning

God of mercy,
The land is burning,
Fires raging,
Devastation set loose upon the earth,
Upon the innocent and the righteous,
Your children,
Creation itself.

Source and Shelter,
Hold back the winds,
Bring forth the rains,
Even as the courageous battle the blazes,
Rescuing the frightened and trapped,
Even as victims flee and neighbors come to each other’s aid,
Even as we mourn the dead
And search for the missing.

God of compassion,
Bless the people of California with succor and relief.
Bless firefighters and police with endurance and strength.
Bless public safety, rescue and mental health professionals with stamina and resolve.
Bless the victims with resilience and renewal.
Let the inferno end
And healing begin.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

URJ Camp Newman, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Santa Rosa, CA, was a victim of the recent wildfires. If you would like to donate to the camp's relief and rebuilding fund, please visit

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingHis writing also appears in several CCAR Press books, including two anthologies of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Dayand his latest book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings.


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