Prayer for a New Dawning

Sunrise for Prayer

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

On the evening of Saturday, December 12, 2015, a historic moment came about in Paris as representatives of 195 nations came to a landmark accord to lower planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions as a first step to ward off the most drastic effects of climate change. The decision, made through the collaborative efforts of scientists, government officials, religious leaders, and the prayers of hundreds of thousands all over the world, brings real hope for a new turning point in human history.

This prayer is one of deep gratitude for the Spirit of renewal bringing us to a new dawning of cooperation and communion . . . and for all those who labored to bring it about.

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And now . . . within this historic moment in time . . .

May we continue to hold the vision of a new season of life for earth in which so very much remains to be done to ensure a future of unpolluted waters and breathable air and all species living harmoniously as one sacred earth community . . .

May we continue to grow and evolve with the Spirit behind this time so that the differences among us be honored with respect and dignity rather than judgment, and that we come to the level of communion with one another out of a common love of the earth that unifies us all . . .

May our deepest concerns and intentions be not merely for individual interests, but for the whole of creation which can continue to bring all living forms together as one sacred earth community.

May we pray that both our outer and inner work may heal deep wounds of violence and assault upon the earth and one another and that we may remember to call upon the Spirit of love in all our undertakings . . .

May we pray to open ourselves individually and collectively to both the wisdom of science and the wisdom of the heart . . . to prayers and deepened mutual presence to one another . . . and to a deepening intimacy to the earth . . .

May we pray that this light of communion lead us to our true sense of belonging to this earth and guide us to take our own unique places in the great healing work of our time, and in the words of Thomas Berry . . .

“May we remember that we will be guided by the same Divine power that spun the galaxies into space, lit the sun, and brought the moon into orbit.”