God, thank you for the capacity to dream, to imagine what could be, to look beyond ourselves and this time—the now. God, teach us to live in gratitude for this gift, so we may not only dream but also realize and come to know more loving ways, the flourishing of creation, your justice and peace— a world more reflective of your beautiful reign.
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This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh (PICARDY) Let all weary souls find a pathway To a place where hope endures Not a path toward fleeting wishes But toward a persisting lure Drawn to goodness dancing in the dark and dim Hope and Guiding Light shine again. Let all humankind find compassion— Healing hate’s deep festering wounds, Walking in the paths of nonviolence, Standing for what’s sacred and good. Hear our prayer, O Lord, revive us for the task To live out your peace in this world. Let all God’s creation together Join in a most joyous refrain Singing of the goodness that’s rising Singing amidst hardship and pain Good and gracious God, supply us with the tone. Let us make your Spirit known. Let us all find loving kindness And pursue compassionate ways Giv’n to us by our Holy Maker Born in us again and again. God’s enduring love for us will never fade God with us forever, always.
Let all God’s creation together Join in a most joyous refrain, Singing of the goodness that’s rising, Singing amidst hardship and pain. Good and gracious God, supply us with the tone. Let us make your Spirit known. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh (PICARDY)
A Prayer for World Wildlife Day
Masterful Creator, Giver of Life—Many of us feel closer to you when standing in the spaces where your creation is more keenly preserved. We retreat to mountaintops to appreciate the expansiveness and wonders of your forests. We walk along oceans and appreciate the rhythms of the sea. We are in awe when we find, in its natural habitat, a creature we haven’t seen before. And in exploring your creation, we see patterns and cycles at play. We are continually discovering and learning about the natural world, and thus, we are learning about you. You have given us this wonderful gift: land, sea and sky, plants, animals and ecosystems. You have called us to care for, to be stewards of, this bountiful gift. Yet, we don’t always live into that calling. Loss of biodiversity and natural habitats, increased pollutants, and uncompassionate practices threaten the health of this planet and its creatures. We express our regret; but we also express gratitude for those who commit their time, energy, or life’s work to sustaining the earth. God, we pray that we may grow as better stewards of your creation. In your name we pray. Amen.
Grace Before a Meal
Without you, my Creator, without the work of your creation, this opportunity for nourishment would cease to exist. So I pause to give you thanks and proceed to eat more slowly, so that I may grow more appreciative of this blessing before me. Amen.