21st April 2023
Regret can lead either to despair – there is no hope – or lament which is an expression of grief that leave the way open for new beginnings.
Love and cherish not some of the earth but all;
Not just your back yard, but mine too;
Not just your local wood but the rainforests too;
Not just your home town but the favelas too.
Love and cherish not some creatures but all;
Not just pandas and tigers, but the vulture and bat too;
Not just bees but wasps and spiders too;
Not just elephants but slugs and snails too.
Love and cherish not some landscapes but all;
Not just meadows but peat bogs too;
Not just ancient woodlands but hedgerows too
Not just national parks but grass verges too.
Love and cherish not some people but all;
Not just city bankers but street cleaners too;
Not just business leaders but refugees too;
Not just home owners but travellers too.
For if we do not, we are all diminished.
If we do not we shall all suffer
from droughts and floods,
rising sea levels and declining water supplies,
from infectious diseases and resistant bacteria.
We are one world, one family,
one eco system, one interdependent
and interwoven creation.
God, our creator, redeemer and sustainer,
Bring us to our senses!
Compassionate God, you know our hearts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by the despoiling of the living Earth, which we love.
We are angry at the loss we contemplate.
We long for words of comfort, yet find them hard to hear.
Turn our grief to active love
Turn our anger to energy for the repair of the world
Turn our guilt to solidarity
and by your forgiveness make us whole with all creation.
(Andii Bowsher, Green Christians)
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.
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