Prayers about wildfires

At the time of this writing, several dangerous wildfires are burning in the western United States, including the recent Yarnell fire started by lightning that killed 19 “hot shot” Prescott, Arizona, firefighters. A whole town in that area has been decimated. Flags in Arizona are flying at half-staff. Many are praying for the firefighters and their families. 

Prayer is a powerful help when we’re faced with dangerous and destructive conditions such as these. I have been praying to know that in spite of the evidence of these fires, those impacted by the fires are under the safety and control of the one Mind, another name for God. Fear, which attempts to convince us otherwise, cannot be legitimate, because it is no part of omnipotent Mind.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines fire in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The very first word of that definition is “fear” (p. 586). This points to the spiritual fact that as we remove fear from our thinking by replacing it with the allness—the ever-presence—of God, who is causing only good, we can lessen the threat of destruction from fire and other natural forces. The 23rd Psalm in the Bible comforts us and commands us not to fear—especially this verse: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (verse 4). 

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