Driest October since 1914
Today’s Age carries a report by Sasha Shtargot that Melbourne is about to record the driest October since 1914, a year in which there was a disastrous drought and a national wheat crop failure. So far this month, there has been only 8.8 mm of rain with only a few showers expected today and tomorrow.
The report indicates that the Bureau of Meteorology says it is looking likely that in November and December, temperatures will be above average and rainfall below average.
**A prayer in time of drought **
All things look to you, O Lord,
to give them their food in due season:
look in mercy on your people,
and hear our prayer for those whose lives and possessions
are threatened by drought.
In your mercy restore your creation and heal our land.
So guide and bless your people,
that we may enjoy the fruits of the earth
and give you thanks with grateful hearts,
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
**A prayer for rain **
God our heavenly Father
through your Son you promised
to those seeking first your kingdom
and your righteousness
all things necessary for bodily welfare:
send us, we pray, in this time of need,
rain to water the earth,
that we may receive its produce
to strengthen and sustain us
and always praise you for your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.