Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Day of Prayer for Climate Action
Well, I'm back after a week away (sort of) and a sabbatical from blogging. I hope you're still taking a peek from day to day to see if I'm writing.
This is the Day of Prayer for Climate Action, which I suppose should be every day, given the state of the planet. Of course this comes in the midst of a cold snap in Southern Ontario which has left many sputtering in disbelief -- where did Spring go? everyone whines. This shows how we have all become accustomed to changing weather patterns and climate. I grew up with the expectation that April would be the cruellest month, to borrow from T.S. Elliot. We were told not to plant anything tender until near the end of May, for crying out loud. Now we have some strange notion that the end of March is patio weather.
At the beginning of December last year Christian religious leaders joined heads of state and representatives from governments around the world to address climate change. Many pundits felt that there wasn't a prayer of reaching an effective agreement which would actually result in action. We hoped and still do that prayer will make a difference, and that we can develop the resolve necessary to bring about change because God wants us to care for Creation.
Here is a portion of a prayer on the Citizens For Public Justice website for this day.
We come to you in a spirit of awe, wonder, and tremendous gratitude for life on this Earth.
You have cloaked the Earth in an unimaginable beauty that is everywhere we choose to see it – in a budding spring leaf, the falling rain, a crisp mountain lake, and the clear blue sky.
Yet we continue to bring devastation upon the Earth through our over-reliance on fossil fuels.
Today, we lament the pain that our actions have caused...
We know that solutions exist.
Help us, dear God, as we work together in service of the common good.
Strengthen us as we adjust the actions of our daily lives to better reflect our love for the world.
Embolden us to continue to speak truth to power.
Walk with us as we do all these things in response to your call to love and protect the Earth.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray,