Wednesday of Lent 5, April 10, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
For our waste and pollution of your creation,
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.
We live in a single-use, throw-away society. We want instant gratification. With the click of a mouse, we can order anything we want, and with Amazon Prime, have it delivered in two days. We even have modular buildings that we can put up almost overnight. Think of the grand cathedrals of Europe that took over a century to build. Those who began the work knew they would not live to see its completion. In the Old Testament, the care of the land was a similar project – land provided sustenance for future generations. Our economy is geared toward the next quarterly report, and consumes resources without thought given to when they run out.
What legacy are we building for future generations? In our households? In our churches?
What trees are we planting?
Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
(Prayers of the People, Form IV, BCP 388)