“We give thanks for this good green earth
and all that lives upon it.
Thanks for the air, the Great Breath that
that flows from leaf to lung and back
again, sustaining life.
Thanks for fire, leaping flame and glowing
hearth, warmth in the cold season.
Thanks for water, the life-renewing rain,
the springs, streams, and rivers, the pools
and lakes, the great oceans, womb of the
Thanks for soil and for the web of life
within it, tiny bacteria, threadlike fungi,
slithering worm, that nourishes the grain,
the wildflower and the redwood.
Thanks for the sun, for life-sustaining
radiance showering down on us each
Thanks for the moon, for the waxing and
waning light that drives the tides.
Thanks for our living bodies with their
miraculous abilities to heal, to give and
receive pleasure, to create new life.
Thanks for the food we eat: thanks to all
the beings whose death sustains our
lives. Thanks to all who tend and grow
our food, who plant and harvest, who
bring it to us, who cook it for us with love.
Thanks for the great creative spirit that
continues to invent, to play, to increase
the diversity and beauty around us.
Thanks for the cycles of birth, growth,
death and decay that come back around,
always, to regeneration.
Thanks for the love and the community
we share, for all the ways we express
love, all the acts of kindness and
compassion that weave us together.
Thanks to the courage of all who stand up
for the earth and for justice, who against
all evidence and all odds continue to
believe in our power to make a better
Thanks to all who say yes–yes, we will
We will renew the land and feed the
We will face down tyrants and set the
We will repair the damage and heal the
We will learn to live with open hands and
open hearts, in balance and in peace.
We give thanks.”
Xoxo Rev. Donna