I hate to read too much into the headlines, but doesn't it seem as if the fires in California are burning with an unusual fervor, multiplying at will? It has an almost chastening vibe to it given that now high temperatures are an added threat. This calls to mind the following scripture:
The LORD has accomplished his fury; he has poured out his fierce anger, and has kindled a fire in Zion, and it has devoured the foundations thereof.
Gov. Ah-nold Schwarznegger has called for federal assistance. And conventional wisdom said it would be the San Andreas fault to do the Golden State in.
Raging fires, gloomy economic tidings on Wall St. , enormously high gas prices, threatening talk from Iran, Russia, and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could be signs of America's decline. Don't forget to pray every day for our nation and its leaders.
Baruch Hashem and Soli Deo Gloria!