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Your Opinion: Pray for rain

Your Opinion: Pray for rain

August 5th, 2018 by Cal Winter, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

According to an editorial in the Jefferson City News Tribune of July 29, Gov. Mike Parson is taking steps to address the very serious drought that afflicts Missouri. Parson has activated the Drought Assessment Committee, and he is taking some other steps that might help the state's farmers and ranchers. Two million dollars is available to help farmers plant cover crops, and cattle will have access to grazing land that is normally off limits to them. I think we can all agree that this drought is beyond human control. We can try to moderate the effects, but we are basically helpless. If the drought is severe enough all agriculture will cease, and we will all be in deep trouble.

I have heard that our governor is a very religious man, a strong Christian, who worships the God who is commonly believed to perform wondrous acts of mercy for those who love him. On many occasions my own grandmother asked the Lord, in deepest prayer, for the healing of her friends and family. Her prayers were remarkably effective. I have known many other Christian people who do not doubt the infinite power and willingness of God to help his beloved children if they will ask for help in the holy name of his Son.

Prayer is often delivered at Missouri state functions. The Missouri Legislature begins each session with a prayer for God's guidance. Prayer breakfasts at which influential citizens join the governor for the purpose of uniting in prayer to the Almighty are always welcomed by Missouri's governors. So Parson would not be breaking new ground in asking the Lord for his mercy in this case. Why hasn't Parson called together a group of very strong Christian believers to unite with him in prayer for the purpose of asking God for enough rain to support the business of agriculture in our state?

Maybe the governor and those who are anxious to help could emulate my grandma's believing people by finding a spot down by one of Missouri's rivers and, leaving pride and pretense on the bank, wade into the water and into the mud, holding up their hands in supplication to Almighty God, much like their own ancestors did not so long ago, completely unashamed of their faith.