Prayer for the Environmental Common Good

Prayer for the Environmental Common Good
As we breathe the very air which sustains us, 
we remember your love, God, 
which gives us life.
Fill us with your compassion for Creation. 
Empty us of apathy, selfishness and fear, 
of all pessimism and hesitation.
Breathe into us solidarity 
with all who suffer now 
and the future generations who will suffer 
because of our environmental irresponsibility.
Move us into action 
to save our earth 
and to build your sustainable Kingdom. 
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Environmental stewardship is a biblical mandate and commission from God. All of God’s creation is important to him, down to the last sparrow and blade of grass. We have wrongfully assumed that creation exists for our own consumption. We must get back to the heart of God. It is the responsibility of every true Christian to take stewardship seriously, and that includes environmental stewardship. We need to embrace the task to “tend the garden.”1

Tri Robinson, pastor of Boise Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church

When I am asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data.  But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.

—Paul Hawken2

1. Genesis 2:15
2. Author of
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
. NY: Viking, 2007
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