Have mercy, O God our Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth.
We have damaged Your plant, we have squandered dominion, and we have abdicated stewardship. Too often we have consumed and used and pillaged without counting the costs — to the land, the sea, and the air — Your blessed creation.
Why are you mindful of us when we act so mindlessly toward what You have given us?
Break our hearts over this.
Compel us to change.
Forgive us even as You empower us anew to care for Your creation.
Have mercy, Lord Christ, have mercy.
Creation groans. We are not helpless. Let us act out our faith.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
This prayer was part of my morning devotion. I share it inviting you to pray with me. Feel free to use publicly (especially in worship) as long as you share authorship and the link to this site as attribution.
Lent is a season in the Christian calendar with special emphasis on the sacrifice our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, made for us. Many of us observe this time with fasting and other spiritual disciplines to foster greater reflection on the life, ministry, suffering, death and resurrection of our Messiah. As a result, we often become more aware of our sins and shortcomings and experience a greater depth of repentance in our lives. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that “we are dust…and to dust we shall return” as we receive ashes upon our foreheads as a mark of who we are…but also a visible declaration of Whose we are! As we continue on the Lenten journey, let’s set aside time to commune with the God who not only comes to us, but also died for us.
Below you will find a PDF version of my 2018 Lenten Daily Devotional, Christ Died for Us.