PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY BUSHFIRE AND DROUGHT

Eternal God,

In wisdom and love

you created our earth

to sustain us and give us life.

We turn to you now

in faith, hope and love,

asking you to look with favour

on our fire-ravaged and drought-stricken land,

on our starving and displaced

animals,

on our failing crops and burning

farms, towns and forests.

 

Strengthen, sustain and give new heart

to our farmers

and to all who are affected by drought;

be with those who support them.

Strengthen and comfort the victims of the fires,

those who have lost family, friends, property and stock.

Protect our volunteer firefighters and all members of essential services.

 

In your loving providence,

send abundant rain to quench the fires

and to restore our parched earth.

 

Father of all compassion,

hear our prayer

through Jesus Christ your Son,

in whom the promise of new life

has dawned, and

through the power

of the Holy Spirit,

the Lord the giver of life:

Renew your faithful people;

Renew the face of the earth.

 

Our Lady of the Southern Cross,

Mary, help of Christians –

Pray for us.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop –

Pray for us.

 

+  An adaption of the prayer for rain during the month of November