Same as it ever Was by Michael Franti & Spearhead
by Wendell Berry
Now though the season warms
The woods inherits harms
Of human enterprise.
Our making shakes the skies
And taints the atmosphere.
We have ourselves to fear.
We burn the world to live;
Our living blights the leaf.
A clamor high above
Entered the shadowed grove,
Withdrew, was still, and then
The water thrush began
The song that is a prayer,
A form made in the air,
That all who live here pray,
The Sabbath of our day.
May our kind live to breathe
Air worthy of the breath
Of all singers that sing
In joy of their making,
Light of the risen year,
Songs worthy of the ear
Of breathers worth their air,
Of workers worth their hire.
Berry, Wendell (2013-09-16). This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems
Please offer scriptures from your tradition.
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For those affected by terrorist actions
especially for those in Colorado Springs
for those in Sinjar, Iraq
for those in Mali
For the world's climate and endangered animals
especially we pray for whales, hunted in the Antarctic by Japan
for Brazil, damaged by mining and a dam collapse
for Iraq and the water war waged by ISIL
For a movement from consumption to creation
For all that we are grateful for and all that we long for
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
for those sleeping outside in the cold
for refugees around the world being locked out or locked in
for those we care for suffering from strokes, cancer, and illness
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.
Go, now, to love and serve the world.