God of the Universe,
You made the heavens and the earth,
So we do not call our home merely “planet earth.”
We call it your creation, a divine mystery,
A gift from your most blessed hand.
The world itself is your miracle.
Bread and vegetables from earth are thus also from heaven,
Help us to see in our daily bread,
In our crops
In the earth we till
And in what grows from the ground,
Upon our crops and upon our land
Send rain and sunshine.
For we depend upon you for our growth,
And so we acknowledge our need for humility,
That in humbly recognizing our place in your world,
We might mend our rift from your creation,
We might know more deeply the sacredness of the gift of life,
And we might truly experience life from your hand.
For you planted humanity in a garden
And you began our resurrection in a garden
And so we know,
Our blessed memory and hope lie in a garden.
And so, we ask your blessings for our various gardens:
The lands we till
The crops we raise
The fruits we bear
Asking for a fruitful yield,
A plentiful harvest
Health and wellbeing
For protection against that which would destroy,
Knowing that you intend all things for order.
And so, we pray against the chaos that would consume
The pestilence that would destroy our crops
The draught that would dry up our land
The heat that would wither our yield
Asking that your protective hand be upon us as we do your work
Caring for your creation.
We give you thanks for the opportunity to care for your land
and your fruit
Bless us, and our crops, this day, as we go forth to care for your creation