This year, I have been using the Tearfund Lent devotional emails as part of my prayer and quiet time with the Lord. These are designed to draw us closer to God over this period and I have found them inspiring and encouraging.

The theme of the devotionals is unity and togetherness, both with the Lord and with one another. Many of the devotionals have covered the topic of climate justice and these have encouraged me to think and pray further about why we are participating in Enviro Lent and how we can best give glory to God and care for our brothers and sisters. 

I’ve put together some verses I have found helpful over this Lent period and a prayer to read through (or add to as you wish) which I hope will encourage you whether you are participating in Enviro Lent or not.

God Bless,

Emma D 

Scripture Verses

John 6:12

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Luke 10:27-37 (only verses 36 and 37 included here but do read the whole section)

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Micah 6: 8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Prayer

Father God, I give thanks for the wonder of Your creation, the beautiful spring weather, the trees and birdsong. I give thanks that Your world reflects Your glory wherever I look. The earth is Yours Lord, everything in it and all who live in it.

I give thanks Father for those in our community who feel called to make a difference through trying Enviro Lent, joining a litter pick,  supporting Tearfund or other charities, praying or teaching others about the climate crisis currently facing Your world. 

I know Father that you call me to care for Your creation, every part of it- the world around me, animals, plants and trees and my neighbours. You command us Father to act with mercy to our fellow humans and to show justice to all.

Lead me Father on the right path to care for Your world. Help me Father to do what I can to show Your love in action and to act mercifully towards those who are faced with the reality of the climate crisis daily.

When faced with a climate crisis Father it is too easy to become downcast, to lose heart or to feel I am not enough. But I know You are a God for whom nothing is impossible or too late.

In the face of this climate crisis, I hold on to the hope found in You. Show me Lord how to act with mercy and humility as I consider what steps I might take to care for Your planet and people, in Edinburgh and beyond.

Above all Father, remind me to set my mind on things that are above and keep my hope focused in Jesus Christ, our Saviour. 

Amen

[from Emma D]

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