God who walks across the water,
reach out your hand
to the people of New South Wales,
where the rains continue,
roads are flooded,
dams broken, rivers swollen,
families evacuated from their homes,
where the Australian government
names sixteen national disaster sites,
and rescue workers are at risk.
Reach out your hand, O God,
that makes in those who fear to sink
new peters –
finding themselves lifted
to help a neighbor,
to share food, seek shelter,
care for covid protocols.
And bless, O Holy One,
of disaster recovery chaplains
in three days of rain to come.