Feb 092009

 Who would have thought that last Saturday would bring not only Melbourne’s hottest recorded day at 46.4 degrees but our Blackest day for bushfires in Victoria. Although aware of the bushfires around our state many of us were unaware of the Huge tragedy that unfolded. A truly sad day for so many people who lost their homes, and even more sadness for those who lost thier loved ones. The death toll keeps rising, the fires keep raging and towns have been wiped out.

However traggic this is we know how Aussies band together when times are bad. Aussies open their hearts to help out in any way they can. The words about our country from the poem My Country, by Dorothea Mackellar (1885 – 1968) ring true. We’ve all heard this second verse –

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

Fire and Flood have been before – it’s not new. But it’s incredible how we have the two extremes happening at the same time – devastating floods in northern Queensland and raging bushfires down south in Victoria. Yet these words should make us stop and think –

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold-
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

From day to day we usually spend our time complaining about ‘what we want, what we haven’t got, what somebody else should do or shouldn’t do … and so on. Yet we do love our country dearly and we Do care dearly for our neighbour. It’s sad though that we only show it at times of great tragedies. After the waters have receded and the fires are no more, will we remember how neighbourly we all should be? Perhaps these tragedies are a  way the Lord brings us together ……

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land-
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand-
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

To the courageous men and women who are battling these disasters we pray that the Lord will protect you and fill you with His strength. May He comfort and help all those involved and affected by the bushfires and floods. May more good come out of this than the destruction it has caused.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians,

Pray For Us

Many prayers I’m sure are being prayed around the country – if you feel led to add a prayer here you are welcome to do so.

  4 Responses to “Bushfires and Floods”

  1. I have also thought of “A Sunburnt Country.”

  2. Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. My mother often went to Marysville too as my brother lives not very far away.

  3. We are praying for Australia.
    God bless!

  4. Nanna K – I hope your brother is ok.
    Thank you for returning the visit 🙂 You have a lovely blog.

    Thank you for your prayers Esther

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