Stewards of the Earth

Stewards of the Earth

inspired by Psalm 8
Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 27, 2010

Gracious God,
we raise our eyes to the heavens,
and joy and delight is born in us anew.

Everywhere we look Your glory is revealed;
in the radiant sun, the luminous moon,
the glimmering planets,
and the countless sparkling stars.

The universe is marvelous to behold,
magnificent in its scope
and incomprehensible in its size.

Yet You care for us,
mere dust motes in the cosmos.

You have given us a home among the stars
of astonishing beauty and abundant riches
and entrusted this precious creation to us:

the animals of the farm and the forest,
the birds of the air,
the fish of the sea,

white mountains and green hills,
grass valleys and scrub-covered canyons,
open fields and thick orchards,
arctic snows and sunlit beaches.

And we have repaid You
with arsenic and asbestos,
battery acid and cyanide,
fiberglass and fluorocarbons,
styrofoam and oil sludge;

we’ve destroyed
whole species
and driven others
to the edge of extinction.

Everywhere we look our greed is revealed;
in land fills and shopping malls,
the butchered remains of clear-cut forests,
and mountain-top removal mining.

The evidence is disgraceful to behold,
horrifying in its scope
and incomprehensible in its size.

Yet You care for us,
and long for our awakening;

that our hearts and minds
will return to You
and we will heal and bless
the world that sustains us.

Gracious God,
as we look upon this fragile earth,
may our love for it be born anew.

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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