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« on: February 09, 2009, 07:40:02 pm »
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In the last few days, the Australian State of Victoria has been devastated by bushfires that have ravaged whole towns, wiped out hundreds of thousands of farmland and livestock... and taken the lives of (at last count) more than 170 PEOPLE!!!  

Thousands of Aussies have been affected by this tragedy, approximately 5000 left homeless, and millions of dollars of damage has been caused by the fires... which are still burning in some places and are believed to have been the work of arsonists. ... why anyone would deliberately do such a thing just blows my mind, but it's a crazy world we live in sometimes!

So if it's in your heart to do so, please spare a thought (or better yet) a prayer for the victims.

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 07:43:29 pm »
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oh my lord...omg, thats terrible, gem! what are they gonna do???!!! thats horrible news. i'm praying right now, gem. its true we do live in a crazy, sick world but i'm determined to make through life. oh god, this story is so sad!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 07:49:31 pm »
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Thanks for your prayers Jen.

Yeah... sometimes the world can be sick, and it can get you down... but thankfully there are still lots of wonderful things to be grateful for in life... and many more wonderful folks (like you! ) than bad people out there.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 08:35:36 pm »
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It is so sad I will definitly be thinking of all the victims and praying for them, thanks for the pics gem!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 12:35:08 am »
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Quote from: Valkyrie on February 10, 2009, 12:34:06 am   

I saw the photos of this Gemstar it's REALLY bad!
You have total prayers going out all over here!

I'm so sorry to here of this also, those poor people, dealing with
cleanup afterwords is just the beginng.  Not to mention
the lives lost.



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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 02:00:04 am »
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Hey Gemstar

Fantastic Photos ....by the way...Just wish that these were from a movie not real life.....There are several things I wish for these people......1. that everyone pray's for them not just today for ongoing prayers....they will be living this hell of a nightmare for years...2. and may God/or thier God whomever they follow will help them find the peace, so that they have the will to pick up the strands of pieces they have left...and that they have the strength to fight the adversities that will befall them ie; Inusrance companies or funeral hold ups..etc.  3. I like many of my online friends have donated to the appeals.....lets just hope these people get the money......

4. And although I will be slammed for this controversial opinion...I wish that the B#$%^&*'s that lit these fires and sat back and watched with some sort of enjoyment at their so called wonderful achievements...can some day feel the heartache that can NEVER be repaired.  Heard today that these pyromaniacs (and one guy who supposedly has been charged for the fires of this week) are let back out on to the streets with regular counselling of course, are not considered a threat to society......sorry???? ......put him in a circle of the family members that are left to pick up the pieces of their lives and ask them whether he is a threat to society???

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 10:26:26 am »
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Prayer for the Dead
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.

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Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need, and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever. Amen.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 01:14:47 pm »
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This is awful news - I'm so sorry to hear your country has been devastated by such a disaster.  Are the fires near you, Gem and Kymba? My heart goes out to those who have died, and their families.  It completely astonishes me that these fires have been made worse by people.  You'll be in my prayers.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 06:08:49 pm »
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Thank you all for your concern and thoughtful words.

Vic - those prayers you posted are beautiful and comforting.

Unfortunately the official death toll has now risen to 181 and will probably go higher still over the next few days as firefighters continue to sift through the wreckage of burnt-out properties.


Quote from: maryd on February 10, 2009, 01:14:47 pm   

This is awful news - I'm so sorry to hear your country has been devastated by such a disaster.  Are the fires near you, Gem and Kymba? My heart goes out to those who have died, and their families.  It completely astonishes me that these fires have been made worse by people.  You'll be in my prayers.

Thanks Mary... No, luckily the fires aren't near me. 

However my uncle, aunt and 15 year old cousin live very close to where one of the blazes occurred... As we hadn't been able to contact them, we weren't sure if they were safe, but yesterday afternoon my aunt emailed me to say they were all OK.

She also sent me pictures taken near their property, and it was some scary loooking stuff, just like the pix above!
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 08:14:58 pm »
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I am glad they were okay Gem, so many lives lost it is such a terrible waste
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009, 12:15:34 am »
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Gem please keep us posted if the fires have settled down?  And how
this situation is going, and what type of relief efforts are in place.
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Gem please keep us posted if the fires have settled down?  And how
this situation is going, and what type of relief efforts are in place.

^  Most of the fires are under control now, and the big clean-up and rebuild starts now.   This will be no easy task though, as an enormous amount of farmland/forest/houses have been obliterated.  Also, bodies are still being recovered from the charred remains... What a grim task for the police and firefighters!

Luckily fundraisers/charities all over the country have received incredible support from the Australian people, businesses and Government... millions of dollars in relief money has been raised already.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2009, 04:11:56 am »
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that is good news, glad to hear the fires are under control
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009, 05:24:02 am »
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I'm so glad that your family is OK Gem, and your aunt, uncle and cousin too. Good news too that the blaze is under control a little.  Take care.
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Quote from: Valkyrie on February 11, 2009, 12:15:34 am   

Gem please keep us posted if the fires have settled down?  And how
this situation is going, and what type of relief efforts are in place.

^  Most of the fires are under control now, and the big clean-up and rebuild starts now.   This will be no easy task though, as an enormous amount of farmland/forest/houses have been obliterated.  Also, bodies are still being recovered from the charred remains... What a grim task for the police and firefighters!

Luckily fundraisers/charities all over the country have received incredible support from the Australian people, businesses and Government... millions of dollars in relief money has been raised already.

That's no fun at all.  I remember what a mess hurricaine Katrina was over here.
The inspirational part tho is how much everybody pitched in to help.
At work we did a bake sale and also took calls for the Red Cross. 
It's a good chance to get creative on fund raising.  And ultimately those that help will restore one's faith in humanity (As opposed to the disapointment
you must feel over the arsonists.)

Keep us posted.  And I'm happy to hear the prayers have been answered as far as the fires getting under control.
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