19th May 2023
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4
You Lord, are the source of all good things:
We praise you.
You call us to tend and care for your creation:
May we strive to do your will.
You have made us as brothers and sisters with all that lives:
May we live together in peace.
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7
Lord, we should not cease to be amazed at the wonder of creation,
the diversity of colour, shape and size,
the ingenious adaptations of plants and animals,
the interconnectedness of all living things.
Then Job answered the Lord: ‘See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but will proceed no further.’ Job 40:3-5
Lord, we should not forget the immense timespan of creation,
the geological age that have gone before us,
and the ages yet to come.
Forgive us when we exaggerate our importance,
when we claim knowledge we do not have
and when we exceed our competence.
A further response:
But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being. Job 12:7-10, 13
Lord, teach us wisdom.
Give us humility to learn from others,
patience to observe what is true,
and contrition to make amends for our mistakes.
Show us how to find joy in simple things,
contentment with less,
and delight in companionship with all creation.
A final reading:
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104: 31-34
Lord, may your creation flourish,
may we ever be thrilled by what we see,
uplifted by what we experience,
and delighted by what we can offer you.