Blessing of Peace and Justice for the Mountains of Appalachia
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
Matthew Anderson-Stembridge is a member of the Lutheran Earthkeeping Network for the Synods.
God of Creation – may you bless the mountains and rocks, rivers and valleys,
animals and plants which daily sing your praises and remind us of your gracious
gift of creation.
God of Grace – may you forgive us our devotion to greed, destruction,
and selfishness so that we might be freed to truly see the other as ourselves and hold
the care of creation in our hearts.
God of Mercy – may you bless those who have lost their homes, families, or
livelihoods because of mountaintop removal. Be with them in their grief and
through your love give them hope for a new day.
God of Justice – may you bless those who strive to end mountaintop removal.
Give them perseverance, wisdom, and strength as they work for
peace and justice for all.
God of Peace – may you bless those that find employment in mountaintop removal.
May you give all of us insight and humility that will yield compassion
and mercy so that we might find understanding and reconciliation.
God of Love – We give you thanks for the love you have for the whole of the world.
We know that we are blessed so that we may be a blessing to others. May your
compassion and mercy guide all of us as we seek peace and justice for the
Mountains of Appalachia and those who call them home.
In the name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen