Still Praying in a Time of Drought

Many of you fans of The High Calling may have read Gordon Atkinson’s post called “Prayer in a Time of Drought.” It was posted at on July 7. Now it’s 20 days later and no more than two-tenths of an inch of rain has fallen. We are officially in Emergency Drought, the worst designation.


I ask you to please consider praying for us. If you can pray on your own, fine. If you like well-written prayers, consider this one, from Father W. Schneider of St. Mary’s Catholic Church here in Fredericksburg, first offered during the 1950s’ drought, considered Texas’ worst drought (until now? we’ll see.):


A Prayer For Rain


Almighty God, we are in need of rain.

We realize now, looking up into the clear, blue sky above,

what a marvel even the least drop of rain really is.

To think that so much water can fall out of the sky,

which now is empty and clear!

We place our trust in You.

We are sure that You know our needs,

but You want us to ask You anyway,

to show You that we know we are dependent on You.

Look on our dry hills and fields, dear God, and

bless them with the living blessing of soft rain.

Then the land will rejoice and the rivers will sing

Your praises and the hearts of men will be glad.