We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for the good gifts of this season - crystal blue skies, misty mornings, wild grapes, mushrooms, vibrant colours, longer nights, abundant harvests...
We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for the good gifts of life - air to breathe, fresh water, fruits of the earth, a place to call home, a circle of friends, animals who provide companionship, family, time for play and rest…
We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for the mysteries of our world that inspire wonder - mycelium, galaxies, atoms, aurora borealis, whale migrations, lichen, star dust, metamorphosis...
We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for those parts of creation we may not be so fond of - rats, snakes, mosquitos, blind weed, skunks, starlings, dandelions, spiders...
We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for wise and compassionate ones - for prophets, activists, artists, poets, mentors, peace-builders, edge-walkers, earth-keepers, truth-tellers, change-makers, love-bearers…
We give you honour and thanks, Creator of all, for sacred spaces - for communities of faith, prayer, holy ground, burning bushes, epiphanies, soulfulness, mystery, longing, renewal, hope, new life…
For all this and so much more may we be truly grateful. Amen.
- Wendy Janzen
Prayer of Thanks
(Oct 4 was the Feast Day of St Francis, the Catholic patron saint for animals and the environment, and so as it is celebrated on or close to our Canadian celebration of Thanksgiving, here is a prayer of gratitude for animals.)
Creator of all that lives and breathes,
we raise up a prayer of thanksgiving for
the animals in our lives
and in our world.
For the great animals -
elephants, whales, grizzly bears, wolves, wild cats...
For the endangered animals -
bees, caribou, orcas, whip-poor-will...
For pets and companion animals -
dogs, cats, horses, rabbits...
For forgotten and unpopular animals -
rats, reptiles, fish, insects...
WE GIVE OUR DEEP THANKS.
We are grateful for a world of beauty and diversity,
for the role each animal in its ecosystem.
Stir us to action for creatures who have
no voice or ability to
save their habitat or
affect change in our world.
May we live lightly in this world
so that our more-than-human
neighbours may also live.
With gratitude for the blessings
of this earth, and for all
God's creatures we pray.
Wendy Janzen 2018
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.