We are holding Harvest in our church this Sunday, so in honour of that here is Walter Rauschenbuscs’s Thanks for Creation prayer.
O God, we thank you for this earth, our home:
for the wide sky and the blessed sun,
for the salt sea and the running water,
for the everlasting hills and the never-resting winds,
for the trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds,
and see the splendour of the summer fields,
and taste of the autumn fruits, and rejoice in the feel of the snow,
and smell of the breath of spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
and save our souls from being so blind
that we pass unseeing when even the common thornbush
is aflame with your glory.