A Prayer for Our World

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and healthy. I trust that You have survived this cold spell intact. At times the weather has been more like Chicago than Suffolk around here. I wonder whether that is the end of it and We can start working on our gardens this week.

This week I would like You to consider the good that You are doing for this planet. My intention is not to deliver a political lesson, simply to make You ask Yourself how You contribute. The farmers among You know the land better than most of us. How do You work with Mother Nature to deliver her riches? How can other generations learn from You?

The Bible has some interesting passages about the environment. The one that I keep coming back to is the following:

Matthew 6:26 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

The superiority of humankind comes with some responsibilities does it not? How are You enacting those responsibilities day to day? Is there a way that You can change or impart knowledge on others that can ameliorate our lot in time?

This week, as always, I wish You well and send You blessings. Enjoy the countryside. Stroke your pets. Look around at the wealth that Nature has bestowed upon us in these islands. God Bless You all.

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,

appointed us as its guardians

and gifted us with everything we need,

forgive us

for the times we cause it harm;

for the times our way of life

affects our neighbours.

Inspire us

to care for the environment;

to help rebuild lives and communities;

to share in the griefs and anxieties,

joys and hopes of all your people,

so that all your creation may flourish.

Amen.