blessed are you East Gippsland

 blessed are you – East Gippsland
blessed are you
who walk the scorching beaches
and shelter in the ocean
brushing burning embers
God beside you
blessed are you
who weep with grief and sorrow
and bear an ashen image
of a life of green and growing
God beside you
blessed are you
who face the firestorm’s fury
and volunteer for danger
companions in the battle
God beside you
blessed are you
who work to bring together
the rallied deeds of angels
and shape a place of respite
God beside you
blessed are you
who set a bowl of water
in the wilderness of burning
to care for little creatures
God beside you
blessed are you
who wait with calm and coping
engage in patient listening
approach with wine and welcome
cook for crowds of strangers
clothe and house your neighbours
pray for rest and rainfall
God beside you
01/01/2020     Jennie Gordon

9 thoughts on “blessed are you East Gippsland

  1. Jennie,

    I am not sure how to do this – I want to send you this prayer from the US from Maren Tirabassi.  May I also send her your prayer?

    Thank you so much for your words, we will pray them on Sunday in the smoky safety of Sandringham.



    Christine MacDowall

    From: Gifts in Open Hands Reply to: Gifts in Open Hands Date: Saturday, 4 January 2020 at 2:13 am To: Christine MacDowall Subject: [New post] Prayer in the midst of the Australian Fires

    Maren posted: “God, I come to the backyard to pray holding handfuls of snow in my bare hands, as I learn these new words — ember attacks. I pray for people across the world from me, in New South Wales and Victoria, where heat, high winds, drought, and the wa”

  2. Thankyou so much for this beautiful prayer Jenny. I’m a minister in the qld synod and is like to use this as part of my congregations prayers tomorrow with your permission. I will share your name and story with them and we will hold you all in our hearts. Blessings, Kath

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