Earth Prayer — David Pickering, UK

Renewing God,
we pray for a new spirit of care
to branch out across the earth,
that all nations might act for your creation
in silencing the roar of the chainsaw
in extinguishing the burning of the forests
in purging the pollution of the air
in conserving valuable energy
in stemming the tide of pollution
that our destruction may be transformed
into the spring of new life
We pray for the well being of all creation
in this and future generations.

Creator God,
we know that life will not be saved by signing papers,
but by responsible actions.
Help us each to make our contribution to the future of your world.

David,  previous Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland in the United Reformed Church, wrote this prayer for the Earth Summit, June 1992.

Photo:  Colorado waters, Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

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