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Gratitude

It's so incredibly dim and overcast... the sky is like a heavy lid bearing down upon the earth. It would be nice for it to go ahead and rain.

Guilford County has been granted D4 (Exceptional Drought) status, along with three-quarters of the rest of the state. We got another postcard from the City of Greensboro yesterday with revised mandatory water restrictions; our Stage IIB, Level II Warning. Apparently it was enacted on October 9th, so we're at around an estimated 120 days until we run out of water. Some local communities (Siler City, for example) are around 60 days at this point.

As I've prayed for rain over the past few weeks, I've been reminded of the lyrics to one of my favorite Nichole Nordeman songs, "Gratitude":

Send some rain, would You send some rain?
'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead
And if we never taste that bread

Oh, the differences that often are between
What we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please . . .

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