As we spend time in prayer, we can begin to ask ourselves about how we feel called to respond to the climate crisis and its various effects. Even as we see an anxious, dissociated population, we can remember that millions of people are doing the opposite and engaging in this type of reflection every day. Brigit never seemed to ask if feeding one person could bring peace in the wake of the Empire or calm the turmoil of sparring warlords, and in the same way, we need not shrug off carbon-saving actions because one person can’t change the climate. Walking down the street, I can often spot dozens of people doing things that produce excess emissions who could change their behaviors if they became more aware.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
—Psalm 34:17 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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