It is hard to imagine just what it is like to lose everything in a natural disaster.
Yet, sadly this is the experience that many people share after this week’s extreme fires that have caused such loss to so many people.
We pray for those who have been affected by injuries and deaths, and we pray that God would comfort people as they come to terms with the pain of loss and the upcoming struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives.
Disasters like these remind us that all of us should hunger for the life that is to come, when those who trust in Jesus will see no more tears and mourning.
May these tragic events lead us in our church to show genuine comfort and love for those affected, and may it remind all of us for the need to find refuge in Jesus.
UPDATE: To give to the Archbishop of Sydney’s appeal for the victims of the bushfires, click here.