Friday, May 4, 2007

Praying for Rain

Many of us have been very concerned about the fires that are still raging near and in the Okefenokee Swamp. It's the worst such fire in Georgia history. Some people have lost their homes, and only God knows how many forest creatures have been affected.

The cause of the blaze is said to have been that a tree fell on a power line. The fires have consumed over 100,000 acres. Governor Sonny Perdue has declared a State of Emergency for the following counties: Atkinson, Bacon, Berrien, Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Glynn, Lanier, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne.

The Biblical Book of James makes this timely remark: "How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!" (James 3:5b) That same book also tells us that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17).

With this in mind, I ask you to join me in praying for the gift of rain -- rain to help the weary fire-fighters put out the fires, and rain to help the farmers whose crops are suffering from drought. Here's a memorable statistic: it takes 26,000 gallons of water to put one inch of irrigation on an acre of crops.
So please pray this prayer with me:

"O God, heavenly Father, who by your Son Jesus Christ has promised to all those who seek your kingdom and its righteousnes all things necessary to sustain their life: Send us, we entreat you, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to your honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." The Book of Common Prayer, p. 828.

In peace,

Linda +
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek


chel_s101 said...
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chel_s101 said...

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