This 20-minute guided meditation walks through a dozen prayers for the earth from varied traditions, holding a minute of silence between each, with the intent of healing any disconnect we humans may have with one another and the rest of creation.
Lord, help us to maintain a reverent attitude towards nature, threatened from all sides today, in such a way that we may restore it completely to the condition of brother/sister and to its role of usefulness to all humankind for the glory of God the Creator.
Sufi prayer— Hazrat Inayat Khan
Through the silence of nature,
I attain Thy divine peace.
Oh sublime nature,
in thy stillness let my heart rest.
Thou art patiently awaiting the moment
to manifest through the silence of sublime nature.
Oh nature sublime, speak to me through silence,
for I am awaiting in silence like you the call of God.
Oh nature sublime,
through thy silence I hear Thy cry.
My heart is tuned to the quietness,
that the stillness of nature inspires.
— e.e. Cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing day:
for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky
and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes
Ayurvedic prayer: My Beloved Mother by Mother Maya
Om Beloved Mother, keep our faith firm,
Fill our heart with healing light
Give us strength to restore our earth
Give us courage in the mind of peace
I offer you love
I offer you gratitude
I offer you friendship
I ask forgiveness for our harmful actions
I ask for your blessings.
Om Tat Sat
Christian prayer—National Council of Churches
Gracious God, your amazing love extends through all time and space, to all parts of your creation, which you created and called good. ….
As people of faith, we are called into covenant. Your covenant of faithfulness and love extends to the whole creation. We pray for the healing of the earth, that present and future generations may enjoy the fruits of creation, and continue to glorify and praise you.
O God, enlarge within us the sense of
fellowship with all living things,
our brothers the animals to whom thou
gavest the earth as their home in
common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past
we have exercised the high dominion
of man with ruthless cruelty
so that the voice of the earth,
which should have gone up to thee
in song, has been a groan of travail.
May we realize that they live not for
us alone but for themselves and for
thee, and that they love
the sweetness of life.
May the waters flow peacefully; may the herbs and plants grow peacefully; may all the divine powers bring unto us peace. May the rain come down in the proper time, may the earth yield plenty of corn, may the country be free from war. The supreme Lord is peace.
Light and Darkness, night and day.
We marvel at the mystery of the stars.
Moon and sky, sand and sea.
We marvel at the mystery of the sun.
Twilight, high noon, dusk and dawn.
Though we are mortal, we are Creation’s crown.
Flesh and bone, steel and stone.
We dwell in fragile, temporary shelters.
Grant steadfast love, compassion, grace.
Sustain us, Lord; our origin is duest.
Splendor, mercy, majesty, love endure.
We are but little lower than the angels.
Resplendent skies, sunset, sunrise.
The grandeur of Creation lifts our lives.
Evening darkness, morning dawn.
Renew our lives as You renew all time.
God is the foundation for everything
This God undertakes, God gives.
Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.
This body is supported in every way through the earth.
Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.
Water comes from high mountain sources.
Water runs deep in the Earth.
Miraculously, water comes to us and sustains all life.
My gratitude is filled to the brim.
Oh, Eagle; come with wings outspread in sunny skies.
Oh, Eagle, come and bring us peace, thy gentle peace.
Oh, Eagle, come and give new life to us who pray.
Remember the circle of the sky; the stars, and the brown eagle,
the great life of the Sun, the young within the nest.
Remember the sacredness of things
Let us give thanks for the world around us.
Thanks for all the creatures, stones and plants
Let us learn their lessons and seek their truths,
So that their path might be ours,
And we might live in harmony, a better life.
May the Earth continue to live,
May the heavens above continue to live,
May the rains continue to dampen the land,
May the wet forests continue to grow,
Then the flowers shall bloom
And we people shall live again.
from the Vedas:
The earth, upon whom the forest-sprung trees ever stand firm, the all-nourishing, compact earth, do we invoke!
Rising or sitting, standing or walking, may we not stumble with our right or left foot upon the earth!
To the pure earth I speak, to the ground, the soil that has grown through the brahma. Upon thee, that holdest nourishment, prosperity, food, and ghee, we would settle down, O earth!
Purified the waters shall flow for our bodies….with a purifier, O earth, do I purify myself!
Prayer (Ute Tradition)
Earth teach us stillness,
As the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach us suffering,
As old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach us humility,
As blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach us caring,
As the mother secures her young.
Earth teach us courage,
As the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach us limitation,
As the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach us freedom,
As the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach us resignation,
As the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach us regeneration,
As the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach us to forget ourselves,
As melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach us to remember kindness,
As dry fields weep with rain.
Boy Scout & Girl Guide Prayer for the Environment
Dear Lord, help us to take care of the fragile earth.
Help us to prevent the destruction of wild life and to save those who suffer.
Help us to always do our best and use the things we are given in the right way.
Help us to help the world become a good and safe place to live.
May we always be ready to help those in need, whoever they are and wherever they may be.
- UK Scouting Prayer