The more scientists discover about the world in which we live and the organization of different forms of life, the more it becomes clear that the generosity and abundance with which God’s creation is endowed is a far cry from the meanness of chance, utility and accident. It is now realized that the conditions in which our universe came into being were so extraordinary that, but for split-second timing, it would not have been possible for it to have developed the way it has. The intricacy of the organization of nature speaks of a profound design and mind behind it. There is care at every stage and every step of the creative process. Each new creation follows on from the next, is dependent on the rest of creation.
—Barbara Wood, quoted in Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room Books, 2009)
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O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him,
to receive a gift in return?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
—Romans 11:33-36 (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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