The destruction of the environment cries out for urgent repentance and conversion. We are beckoned to rediscover a biblical vision and a new understanding of ourselves and God’s creation. The only future foreshadowed by the present crises, both social and ecological, is massive suffering, both human and other than human. “Giver of Life—Sustain your Creation!” is our prayer; we should pray it without ceasing.
—World Council of Churches, Signs of the Spirit: Official Report, quoted in Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room Books, 2009)
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Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17-21 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
As the earth,
so beautiful, so warm,
receives and reflects the sunlight,
so may I receive and reflect your love.
—Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel
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