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Tonight my most fervent prayers are for gentle, steady, life-giving rain. Rain that will put out the fire threatening the Bass Lake community without flooding, rain that will stop the burning and then soak into the drought-parched ground like a blessing.

I pray for the safety of those who have evacuated their homes and are staying in shelters tonight, and for those who are ready and waiting for their instructions to leave. And I pray for the CalFire guys and gals who put their lives on the line every day when they report to work, the community volunteers who support them, and their families who wait at home with bated breath.

Perhaps if we all prayed together?