How Wonderful O Lord – A Jewish Prayer for Creation

by Christine Sine

The heavens declare God's glory

This week for our Lenten prayers I plan to post a variety of prayers for creation from different faith traditions. Today’s is from the Jewish tradition and because I love this prayer so much I wanted to get it up early. The daily reflection will follow later.

I love this prayer which I came across in David Adam’s Rhythm of Life: Celtic Daily Prayer. This book has long been a favourite of mine. I love to use it when I travel, finding that the short daily offices help to ground my spiritual practices during what can otherwise be a very disorienting journey.

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!

The heavens declare your glory,

the arch of the sky displays your handiwork.

In your love you have given us the power

to behold the beauty of your world in all its splendour.

The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,

the rivers and the lakes, all disclose your presence.

The roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might;

the beasts of the field and the birds of the air proclaim your wondrous will.

In your goodness you have made us able to hear the music of the world

the voices of loved ones reveal to us that you are in our midst.

A divine song sings through all creation.

For those of us who live in urban areas the music of God’s world is so often drowned out by the clatter and commotion of the world around us. This prayer reminds me of how much all of us need time amongst God’s good creation to reconnect once more to the divine song that reverberates through God’s world.

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