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Devotion and Prayer: Environmental Sabbath

Posted: 2009-04-17 00:00:00

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is excited to be amongst the many wonderful presenters, exhibitors, & venders at the upcoming Iron Range Earth Fest, today and tomorrow at Messiah Lutheran Church & the Mountain Iron Community Center. Stop by Habitat’s booth Saturday between noon & 5:00 pm tomorrow! We will be highlighting the ways Habitat strives to exist in harmony with our world & the green policies we are implementing in our building practices. Visit http://ironrangeearthfest.org/ to learn more!


In celebration of the Iron Range Earth Fest, our Habitat Devotion and Prayer is from the Environmental Sabbath:

We have forgotten who we are. We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos. We have become estranged from the movements of the earth. We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.

We have forgotten who we are. We have sought only our own security. We have exploited simply for our own ends. We have distorted our knowledge. We have abused our power.

We have forgotten who we are. Now the land is barren. And the waters are poisoned. And the air is polluted.

We have forgotten who we are. Now the forests are dying. And the creatures are disappearing. And humans are despairing.

We have forgotten who we are. We ask forgiveness. We ask for the gift of remembering. We ask for the strength to change.

We join with the earth and with each other. To bring new life to the land. To restore the waters. To refresh the air.

We join with the earth and with each other. To renew the forests. To care for the plants. To protect creatures.

We join with the earth and with each other. To celebrate the seas. To rejoice in the sunlight. To sing the song of the stars.

We join with the earth and with each other. To recall our destiny. To renew our spirits. To reinvigorate our bodies.

We join with the earth and with each other. To recreate the human community. To promote justice and peace. To remember our children.

We join with the earth and with each other. We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery: for the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life.

We rejoice in all life! We live in all things. All things live in us. We rejoice in all life! We live by the sun. We move with the stars. We rejoice in all life! We eat from the earth. We drink from the rain. We breathe the air. We rejoice in all life! We share with the creatures. We have strength through their gifts. We rejoice in all life! We depend on the forests. We have knowledge through their secrets. We rejoice in all life! We have the privilege of seeing and understanding. We have the responsibility of caring. We have the joy of celebrating. We rejoice in all life! We are full of the grace of creation. We are graceful. We are grateful. We rejoice in all life!*



Oh Great Spirit, Whose breath gives life to the world and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze, we need your strength and wisdom. May we walk in Beauty. May our eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us. Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands an straight eyes, so when life fades, as the fading sunset, our spirits may come to you without shame.*


*United Nations Environment Programme, “Only One Earth” (New York: united Nations, 1990).
This was published for “Environmental Sabbath/Earth Rest Day,” June 1990.