14th November 2022
One of the agenda items today at COP27 is the issue of gender discrimination.
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
We pray for all the participants,
the decision-makers and the protestors,
the bureaucrats and the prayerful,
influencers and bankers,
for producers and consumers,
for girls and women, boys and men,
transgender and non binary, gay and lesbian,
and those who would rather be free of labels.
May we care for and cherish each other,
supporting, enabling and encouraging all
to cope with the challenges
and opportunities of climate change.
Loving and patient God,
may your will be done.
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!