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November 17, 2016

My friend and neighbor, Jimmy Tobias, flies an airplane for the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

He told me Monday that 20,000 acres of forest in Pickens County are ablaze.

“We need rain,” he said.


I am not a rain maker, but I do know who holds the wind and the rain in His hands.

Could I encourage you and your family to take a moment to pray for rain?

I plan to give some simple daily suggestions in this space.

They will come from various faith traditions.


This prayer is from the 1928 edition of The Book of Common Prayer.

O GOD, heavenly Father,

who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised

to all those who seek thy kingdom,

and the righteousness thereof,

all things necessary to their bodily sustenance;

Send us, we beseech thee,

in this our necessity,

such moderate rain and showers,

that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort,

and to thy honor;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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