A prayer about the weather

For the first time in 27 years I was asked to pray for… rain! But when I gently enquired further, people were reluctant to have such a prayer in the Bulletin or said at Mass, in case the rain wouldn’t stop…. which is an interesting comment on faith!

Anyhow I found this in the Carrick on Shannon Parish Newsletter.



It’s about the heat, Lord,

the heat every one’s talking about,

the heat that strains the grid

and drains our strength

leaving us powerless,

as wilted blossoms, parched and dry

in the noon day sun….

But summer’s warmth’s no more a curse

than heat that bakes a loaf of bread

or flames with beauty upon the hearth

or presses the sweat of honest toil….

Heat and cold, sun and rain,

summer, autumn, winter, spring:

all ways for you to touch us, Lord,

and make your presence felt, deeply,

in the marrow of our souls….

Just months ago we cursed the constant rain

and prayed for warmth, for spring,

for summer days– and now they’re here

our temperamental tastes are looking

for rain again to cool things down

until Autumn comes and once again

we’ll mourn the loss of summer’s sun….

Be patient with us, Lord, and with our fickle ways

but most of all, whether in the heat or in the cold,

touch us, permeate our bodies

and make your presence felt and known

in the marrow of our souls….