I stand in a long line of human expectations, especially our assumption that we may freely extract from the creation whatever we please to whatever degree we please, and that its blessings will be inexhaustible. The earth will survive this. It is yours, after all.
Hear the voices of children not yet born, calling for us to protect the world for them and their lives to come, appealing to our wisdom, humility, and love. They are asking us to change our assumptions so we might pass on to them a world of balance, mystery, and wonder, where all human bodies and animal bodies and plant bodies are honored and tended with grace.
God, give us the will to do what is required to change course. Bless us with courage to speak and do what is necessary to turn our eagerness into eagerness for your vision of love and justice and mercy and hope, for all of your creation. Amen.
This message is an excerpt from “Here I am, God” by Catherine Malotky in the January/February 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today we celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost.