PC: DC Thomson
Lord, we pray for Woodmill High School in Dunfermline, Scotland, which was gutted by arson Sunday night. First, we give thanks that none of the 80 firefighters on the scene were injured, and that these brave emergency responders were able to largely meet their goal of containing the fire to one portion of the building. Now we think of the 14-year-old who was brought into custody for starting this terrible fire. Please be with him, Lord. Somehow draw him close to you in the midst of this chaos. Surround him with the right people. We pray for Tuesday’s legal proceedings to be fair and effective, so this teen can get the help he needs, and so the community can move forward in recovering from this incident. Lord God, we pray for the school administrators as they solve the problem of temporarily relocating 1400 pupils and staff in a district where most schools are already operating beyond capacity. Grant them great resourcefulness, creativity, and perseverance as they work to solve this problem, while also helping the student body process this event. We pray for the teachers and other staff members who lost valuable supplies in this fire. Give them the courage to press on and start again. We pray for the investigators of this arson attack. May they uncover all that needs to be uncovered. We pray for the families in the school's vicinity who are operating without water. May this vital resource be quickly restored, and may this time of going without be very eye-opening about how much we should treasure our access to water. Finally, Lord, we pray for the family of the young man who acted out in such a destructive way. Give them divine wisdom as they figure out how to best help their son/brother/loved one. Comfort and guide them. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.