25 June 2009

Praying for rain...

The weather here is like a big bully, teasing us unmercifully. For the last year or so, much of Texas has experienced drought conditions, even though during that time we've had the occasional shower. Today, for instance, the temperature here at the parish reached 103 degrees, but now the sky looks dark and the wind is picking up. Will we get a little rain? I doubt it. I was quite the optimist and told everybody they probably should go out to the parking area and close their car windows. Yeah, right. Talk about a wasted trip.

I'm usually pretty careful about "gimme" prayers, but I'm shamelessly begging God for some rain, and I'm asking you to do the same on our behalf. Not a lot, just for some steady rain. The last thing we need is a gully-washer. All that does is cause floods and it runs down the creek beds faster than it can soak in. No, we just need some gentle, persistent rain.

O God, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised to all those who seek thy kingdom and its righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send us, we entreat thee, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to thy honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.