Waking up in a different neighbourhood is an interesting experience. I walked down to Mass this morning like one of the locals, but took in the sights and sounds of the residential streets, as if fresh air. Although this is still Melbourne, still the same city, I could not help but feel such newness.
One of the things that stood out for me was this tree:
And I thought to myself, “My, my, Australia, with your eucalypt and gum nut. No where else in the world is there a place like you.”
So today, I pray for Australia, for all its inhabitants, and especially for its people who share the responsibility for its protection, sustainability and continuity.
For our leaders and policy makers, for the poor and disaster-struck among us and for those who long to call Australia home.
As a nation, may we strive to live out the words of our anthem, always in a spirit of hospitality and generosity, for indeed it is true that “we’ve boundless plains to share.”