Creator of the earth, and of all who live upon it,

we feel the oppressive heat and the drought,

see the fires and taste the smoke,

watch in horror as buildings collapse and roads wobble,

and we wonder how to fix it.

We have been careless with your gift of creation,

and selfish in our use of the air and water,

seeing only ourselves and our convenience. 

As the world heats up around us,

as the seas rise and the dry places wither,

as your people suffer,

forgive us, O God, and show us how to begin to do better,

so that we and our neighbors and the earth can thrive again. 

In your holy name Amen. 

Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural church in the Washington, DC area. Image via Pexels.

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