Today is the National Day of Prayer for Creation Care. It seems a little ironic that it falls the day before some believe the world as we know it will come to an end but maybe that is why today is an important day to pray. This day is sponsored by Evangelical Environmental Network, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association of Evangelicals, Eden Vigil, Care of Creation Inc., Blessed Earth, and many others. Its worth checking out their resources not just so that we can pray more effectively today but so that we can pray every day for God’s creation.
As I was praying this morning this prayer which I originally wrote for my book Light for the Journey came to my mind.
We believe in God above us creator of all things sustainer of all life
We believe in Christ beside us companion and friend
Redeemer of all the broken pieces of our universe
We believe in Spirit deep within us advocate and guide who lives with us eternally
We believe in God’s resurrection created world
Where all things are fixed and all creation fits together in vibrant harmony
We believe in God above beside within, God yesterday today and forever
The three in one and one in three
We believe in God
Praying for the restoration of our world when we have the imagery in our minds of a God who indeed wants to fix all the broken places of our universe is a tremendously hope giving feeling. This imagery is based on Colossians 1:15-20 – wonderful imagery to hold in our minds today.
Colossians 1:15-20 (The Message)
Christ Holds It All Together
15-18We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.