we pray with urgency
for the leaders of our species
and those with concern for our common home.
Give to those who make decisions
a freedom from the burdens of a past
which have pushed us to this cliff-edge.
Give a dawning vision of your offer of healing
greater than the blocked horizon of what it might cost.
Argue and wrestle with the powers and principalities
of expediency and despair.
Open every human ear to the voices of the Earth, and of sisters, brothers,
who already suffer sharply.
Save us from the despair of complacency
and the toxic temptation
when the visitors have departed
to embrace ‘business as usual’
for that ‘normal’ has gone.
And our only future
will be in wakefulness
as we live out your love for the Earth we are part of
through Jesus, our Friend.
Hosanna: God help us!
Adapted from a prayer written for COP26 ( the United Nations Conference of the Parties), Glasgow 2021
This prayer and other prayers for urgent environment activism can be found on the Green Christian website.