A Prayer for Nature

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are well. As we look around us on this sunny bank holiday weekend, we see Nature’s glory emerging. I trust that You get a chance to get out and about this weekend and get to enjoy the flowers in the parks and meadows.

What does the Bible say about nature and the environment?

Acts 14:17 

Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

Isaiah 24:4-6 

The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish. The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.

Colossians 1:16-17 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Try and spend some time this week admiring nature. Try and find the time to think of Your place in nature. What are You doing for the benefit of the environment? Are You a giver or a taker when it comes to the world’s resources. Do You assist local farmers who are struggling? How about local butchers and greengrocers? Have You been to the farm shop recently? How about the local nursery?

By admiring the glory of the cathedral that is our landscape, particularly around this time of the year, We shall see the wonders of creation. I cannot help but feel small at this time of year. How do You feel? What is Your place amidst all this nature?

God Bless You all. have a peaceful Sunday and good week to come.

Lord our God, O Holy One, we thank you that we may lay aside our own nature and be lifted in spirit above all that is temporal and human and have joy in you. In spite of all the evil surrounding us, in spite of the thousandfold misery of humankind, we may still rejoice in you, in all you do and will yet do for us. Grant that we may go on rejoicing, having joy together, helping instead of burdening each other, until this earth is filled with the jubilation of those you have so richly blest. Forgive us all our sins. Heal us in mind and body. Deliver us from all the corruption that tries to take hold of our souls. Amen.