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Soil Lament

This prayer of confession was originally written for a day-long seminar called Hope for Creation through Garrett-Evangelical's Garrett on the Road program. Each section of the seminar began and ended with a liturgical action connecting us to one of the elements of Creation. This prayer of lament closed the section in which participants faced into the true depth of the devastation the world faces.


All of the universe cries out to you, God our Creator,

and we ask for the strength to listen and lament faithfully.


We lament our rejection of your Sabbath rest

and our worship of the gods of busyness, productivity, and consumption.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament the way we have twisted your image in us,

abused our power, and exploited our most vulnerable neighbors.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament our neglect and misuse of our fellow creatures

and our choices to overlook non-humans in our visions for flourishing communities.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament the disruption of Earth’s once-stable rhythms and seasons

and the sense of dislocation that comes when we feel we no longer know our home.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament the poisoned forests, air, and oceans.

We join our voices to their groaning.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament our addiction to fossil fuels

and the webs of change our addiction has created.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


We lament the overwhelming sense of unknowing

that clouds our vision for the future and weighs down each step we take.

(silence)

Christ, have mercy.

From soil we were made, and to soil we will return.


God, our Creator, who formed us with breath and word and soil,

we repent of our disconnection from you and from your Creation.

You are the Holy Spirit who hovers over chaos.

Come to us in our places of uncreation.

You are the Eternal Word who knows the heaviness of the tomb.

Come to us in our death-dealing systems.

You are our Eternal Ground of Being, who is present in sheer silence.

Come to us us when our words fail us and our hope fades.


You are the Three-in-one, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is.

Come and teach us to lay down the burdens of

guilt, pain, confusion, fear, and loss,

and to trust that this barren Earth can be transformed

into the womb of your abundant life.

Amen.




Ash Wednesday, Confession, Genesis 1, 1 Kings 19:12


© Cassidhe Hart, 2018

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