And after the fires a still small voice

 

Today’s contributor explores the power of God’s limitless love to support, sustain, and empower individuals and communities, even in the face of overwhelming and tragic situations. When we heard about the fires in California, we immediately thought of this piece, which originally ran during the fires there last fall. Its message is as timely and powerful now as it was then.

As the deadliest wildfire in my home state of California continues to rage, I yearn for those impacted to feel peace, comfort, and safety. I’m also reminded of a favorite Bible passage that meant a lot to me when fires began near my home in Sonoma County last year. It describes the experience of the prophet Elijah: “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (I Kings 19:11, 12, King James Version).

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