With joy we rise to praise You, O God, who is making the heavens and the Earth!
With all that moves and breathes we give You thanks, even in these days of slumber as the Earth rests from her labors. Like an expectant mother, she will bring forth new life after her period of waiting, and we wait with her in gratitude.
Teach us to honor and protect this Earth, we pray, and remember she supports our very lives. Teach us to honor and protect each other, our kin no matter how distant or different we imagine from us.
Grant us the will to live into your call to us, to be makers of peace and bringers of comfort to those in any need. In all things, may we be rooted in your love and faithfulness, agents of grace in troubled times as well as good.
Place the mantle of your blessing, O God, on those whom we remember before You.