|What appears to be a grove of aspen is in fact all one tree. His name is Pando, |
and he is estimated to be 80,000 years old and he covers 106 acres. Photo by J. Zapell.
Almighty God, accept our offered thanksgiving for your mercies, renewed every moment. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, the One who upholds all creation and stands alongside us in love and compassion!
Lord Jesus, you encompass us in your wisdom and tenderness: we worship you with all our hearts.
Holy God, Lover of Souls, we abide in your everlasting mercy; we seek and we are found.
Help us to be transformed in loving and by being loved, anchored within your life-giving Spirit.
May we let love heal us, strengthen us, free us, enflame us, remake us as we are called to be.
You, O God, are our root and our sky: may we be like green olive trees in the house of God.
Comfort the afflicted and embrace the sorrowful, O Holy One, and place your mantle of protection over those we now name, we pray.