Prayers for Creation

Feast of the Epiphany – 6th January 2023 

For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Hebrews 3:4

Three gifts, 

carried by Magi

riding long roads from the East.

By a star

they had set their course

to seek out a new born king.

Yet from Jerusalem

the worldly snare

of incumbent power pulled them off course.

In Bethlehem 

a home for folk and beast alike, 

made welcome this wandering coterie of  strangers.

A child,

cradled by loving parents, 

is worshipped  with  gold and myrrh and frankincense.


bless this house

and all that cross its threshold.


mansionem benedicat.

Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, returned another way.

A family –

threatened –  uproots, takes  flight.

How quickly they join the exodus of refugees.. 

A welcome?

On these shores?…  beyond this border? 

Do you really  deserve a home?

Is not earth our  common home? 

Who designs the borders?  Who decides who’s and who’s out?

These strangers our kin.

This is our  common home

to share with kith and kin,

with bird and beast and all that swims and squirms and creeps.

This  is our  home 

to share with tree and grass, weed and flower, 

with seaweed forests and coral reefs.


bless this our home –

our common home –  and all that dwell therein.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

May we, like the Magi, 

seek what is true.

May we, like the Magi,

seek the other way.

May we, like the Magi,

worship the maker of our common home.


Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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