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Psalms for those in the path of Texas wildfires

A Christian Science perspective.

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Our family is no stranger to fires. A few years ago we drove straight through a series of 17 fires heading to Glacier National Park. Last year, a relative in Arizona was evacuated from her home because of a threatening fire, approaching out of the Coconino National Park, that destroyed more than 14,000 acres. Texas has certainly seen its share of fires this year – more than 21,000. This spring, as my daughter and I were driving across the state, we saw numerous wildlife crossing the smoke-filled highway, fleeing the burning land. And given all the threatening fires surrounding us this past summer, my thought has turned to the Bible, particularly the Psalms, to get a clearer understanding of divine protection and renewal.

The aftermath of any fire can be devastating. For those who need to rebuild their homes and their lives, the greatest compassion and love can be extended through our prayers. Rebuilding can seem long and tumultuous – but it doesn’t have to be. Lifting our thoughts to God and His care for all, we can witness not only to this care but also to His ability to renew. Out of the ashes of danger, fear, and anxiety, we can expect, demand, that safety, trust, and hope rise up in thought and experience.

As these divine qualities overtake fear, we’ll see the rebuilding process take skyward flight. As I’ve prayed, some of my favorite psalms have come to mind – the 27th, 23rd, and naturally, the 91st.

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