You may have seen on your news or in your papers that much of the east of our country is being ravaged by flood and fire. Ingham, a town to the North of us, is underwater today, and it continues to rain. 131 people are confirmed to have died in the Victorian bushfires. Whole towns have been wiped off the map, and many are injured. 50 fires continue to burn in New South Wales. The numbers of animals who have perished in these disasters will never be known.
We ask for your purrs and prayers for all the people and animals who have been so sadly affected by the natural disasters. We particularly ask for your prayers for the heroic firemen and women, State Emergency Service personnel and emergency response teams, many of whom are volunteers, and for members of the Army and Police who are fighting up and down the east of the nation to try and help as many people as they can. Without them and their dedication, the situation would be far worse.
We will be counting our blessings today. We have heard so much recently about how people are losing everything with the global financial crisis and economic pressures. Today we are reminded that as long as we have our family and we are safe, we have everything.