Saturday, April 14, 2007

A Prayer in this time of Drought --- Written for the People at Morrison

Tomorrow I go to St James’ Morrison to lead the faithful there in worship and give them the sacrament. They are without doubt the people in this Mission District who have been affected the most by the current drought. Before I could begin to plan a homily for them I had to write this prayer:

Father God,

You gave us this world that we might enjoy its beauty and share the use of its resources for the good of all.

We confess that your gift has been neglected and misused.

We pray for those who are most affected by this drought, for those whose see their life’s work and achievements literally turning into dust.

As we wait for rain, we claim your promise that ‘while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, summer and winter, shall not cease’.

Keep us faithful in the face of this adversity; help us not to be afraid of our dependence on each other. May we never be too proud to ask for help or too selfish to share what we have.

We ask this prayer through him who invites us to call you Our Father and to ask you for our daily bread; the very one who turns water into wine and who feeds the hungry,
Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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