As I sit here writing this post the sun has decided to make a sneak appearance. But that won’t disguise the fact that it’s been raining all night and all morning. You might say “well that’s no big deal”, and I guess it’s easily said. Except that when your country has been in drought for a number of years and you’ve watched reservoir & dam levels continually drop over those years, and you’ve been living with water restrictions, and you know how hard this has hit all our farmers … indeed everyone, then rain does become a big deal.
Cardinal George Pell asked our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, if he would pray for rain for Australia. This was at the final mass at Randwick and indeed Pope Benedict prayed for rain. It held off for most of the day as pilgrims made their way out of Randwick to journey home …. then it began to rain.
Back home in Melbourne the rain has come on & off, little drizzles here and there but when you hear it fall heavily on your roof you can’t help but be thankful for the prayers and the rain that’s come. It’s been raining all night and all morning. OK, one night of rain won’t fill the dams but it will water the parched grounds and gardens. I pray though that this rain is also falling in our country areas, farmlands and catchment areas, and I pray that it will continue to fall.
For me, and I’m sure for others, this is a sign of blessings. So we keep on praying for the blessings to continue to fall …. and to overflow over all the earth.
“My word is like the snow and the rain that comes down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. So also will be the word that I speak – it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do”