Bushfire beatitude for East Gippsland – Jennie Gordon

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This prayer of blessing was written by Presbytery of Gippsland UCA Minister Rev Jennie Gordon in between shifts working at a firezone relief centre in the town of Bairnsdale. She asked us to share it for all affected by the bushfire crisis.

 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

Rev Jennie Gordon

 

 

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One Response to “Bushfire beatitude for East Gippsland – Jennie Gordon”

  1. Merrilyn Shepherd

    Thanks for the beautiful prayer. It has come at a time when we await news of family members deciding whether to evacuate or not from Pambula. What a difficult decision.