Monday, October 22, 2007

Prayers for a rainy day

Living on the coast of Georgia with abundant rainfall and access to water can lull us into not noticing that others do not have the water necessary for life. Our neighbors to the northwest in Atlanta have a three-week supply of drinking water. Watering their lawns and washing their cars? Forget it. Going boating? Forget it - or come to the coast.

Here are some prayers we can pray on behalf of those less fortunate than we, praying first and foremost that all would know the Water of Life, our Savior Jesus Christ.

O gracious Father, you open your hand and fill all things living with plenteousness: Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; let your Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth; show your loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and save us from selfish use of what you give, that men and women everywhere may give you thanks; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, heavenly Father, who by your Son Jesus Christ promised to all those who seek your kingdom and its righteousness 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]

In peace,
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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