Breath of Creation, stir in us.
Open our hearts that we may see,
all of creation’s glory.
Open our hearts that we may know,
life is holy.
Open our hearts that we may love
with wonder and awe and reverence.
We understand that we live within creation,
all woven together by the sacred breath of life.
We confess the times we have chosen to forget;
we name to you our careless greed
when habitat has been denied,
when invasive species have been introduced,
when thoughtless destruction has been allowed,
Help us to discover the second chance
of a growing awareness,
a deepened understanding,
an active love.
May we live wisely, with reverence for Creation.
May we live gently on this earth,
providing for all.
We celebrate the steps taken to redeem this earth,
the tall grass prairie replanted,
the wild turkeys returned,
groves of trees re-established.
Bless us as we better love your creation.
To you we give our praise and thanksgiving
for all that delights,
for all that teaches,
for all that is wondrous,
for all of creation.
— from “What Is Creation Saying to Us?” written by Pat Milliken. Posted on the United Church of Canada website.