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Prayers for the Earth 062812

The hot part of the season here in North America is yet to come, but today is predicted to be 105 degrees (Fahrenheit). We have blog readers in Africa, Australia, and Latin America so I want you to know my comments include you as well as persons in North America and Europe, particular.

Something is going wrong with the earth. I have my suspicions what it is, but the exact cause makes no difference. It seems to me we know that somehow our lives here on earth is generating a great deal of heat. We all should apologize and prepare homes for all the island residents and coastal residents who are and will be looking for homes on higher ground.

As to all the food crops that will be lost because of heat and drought, exactly  how will humanity continue to reach for ending hunger on earth we do not know. And we hold in sympathy in our hearts those who have lost their homes in the wildfires of the western US.

As disciples of Christ, those who seek the Kingdom of God each day, we pray like the Psalmist in Psalm 94:

4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

12The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.

The Psalm excerpt is a song and poem of deep, eternal hope. With our God, with Jesus and the community of Christ to which we all belong as believers, there is something we can do to cure the earth. It starts with the love we have for one another and the love we have for Jesus and the Lord.

Pray for peace



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Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

Genesis 3:14-24

Hebrews 2:5-9

Psalm 92

1It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

3to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

12The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.

14In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,

15showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Genesis 3:14-24

14The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

16To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

17And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

20The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

21And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.

22Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Hebrews 2:5-9

5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Comments on: "Prayers for the Earth 062812" (4)

    • Thank you, jams4Jesus, and I know you’re kind, but I don’t understand your comment ‘WORD’. And anything I can do to get you (all) to talk more and me less, I’m in favor of it.

      • The whole time I was reading your “insight-full” post, I kept hearing “word”. It appeared to me a word of knowledge for such a time as this. I didn’t want to say the wrong thing or a bad word, so I just wrote what I was told. GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER BILL! Thank you for the great post.

        “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” [Proverbs 1:7]

  1. Amen – it is fascinating and disturbing that among the most zealous global weather-change denialists are prominent Christians. Guess they don’t quite understand the apparent intended meaning of ‘dominion.’

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