“Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it.
O water of life, how much you give, to this earth, to its people, all so they can live,
You water the flowers, you water the trees, you provide us with goodness in the driest of scenes,
You give drink to the birds, the insects the flies, refreshment and juices for them to survive.
You give in the most inhospitable places, you transform their horizons, into heavenly traces.
What joyous bounty you bring to this earth, what freshness, what newness, what beginnings, what birth,
O rain of righteousness, feeding plants divine, you open the skies with life from on high.
Rain in the morning, rain at night, rain in the evening, whenever you are in flight,
we feel you on our faces, see spots on the ground, the umbrellas arising, we know when you are around,
You come down in buckets, you come down so light, the goodness you bring, keeps the colours just right,
except when there’s too much, and in one spot, only then do we not welcome you a lot
We rave about sunshine, of beaches and heat, but without your tiny speckles, no rainbow we would meet,
Without your lifegiving goodness, without the cleansing you bring, our world would be much poorer if no freshness you will give.
More than ever as we go towards our warmest and driest of times, the rain from heaven will be needed to lift our lives.
Derek Edward Buckthorpe