World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Thursday, September 1, is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, an observance started by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 1989, recently adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, and growing in popularity among other Christian communities. It begins a season of creation that lasts until the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 3. Across the years I have written so many liturgies and prayers to celebrate the beautiful and very acceptable parts of creation, to protest the destruction of habitats, the violation of the climate, the corporate insanity of the fossil fuel industry. Somehow today, all I can think is how much God loves all of creation, all of creation, and call upon us to care for it.

God, for this small Zacchaeus,
an annoying and dangerous
mosquito who carries
the Zika virus, I pray.

For the Barabbas of
great white sharks cruising
in newly warm northern waters
along Cape Cod, I pray.

For the invasive species
humans have lost —
Burmese pythons in Florida,
kudzu and grey squirrel,
Asian clam, starlings,
all those Australian rabbits,
I pray, knowing,

you, the lonely shepherd,
hunt the wilderness,
to find each one so far from home.

Rejoice with me, you say,
for I have found
my creature who was lost.

And there is joy in heaven,
among the angels —
who must be
your creatures now extinct.

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2 Responses to World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

  1. Best of best, this one! Touches my heart and opens windows in my mind.

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