You are the Gardner who plants us.
You dug deep into the soil.
And brought a vine out of Egypt.
As a Master gardener, you cleared the ground,
planted us deep in faith and tradition.
Our roots nourished by your love and grace.
Mountains were covered by our shade.
We sent branches out to every nation.
Today, we stand weary.
Burned by fire. Flooded by tears. Devoured by despair.
Revive us, O Lord,
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts.
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.
(C)2017 Worship’s Wake, Nathan Decker
Lord of Wind and Flame,
You who call us to put on the armor of God
You who call us to wait patiently for your guidance
You who call us to care for strangers made neighbors at each encounter:
Bless these Firefighters, EMS, and First Responders.
As they put on their gear
Breathe upon them your Spirit of Peace.
As they wait for instructions and directions
Breathe upon them your Spirit of Wholeness.
As they go forth into houses and highways of despair
Breathe upon them your Spirit of Hope.
Burn in their hearts as love while they put out flames of disaster.
Beat within their hearts while they resuscitate travelers on the way.
Blow gently ahead of them so that at each incident and accident your presence is felt comforting and bringing peace.
All this we ask in the name of the Savior
who responded to our call, our need, our desperation, Jesus Christ. Amen.