During this time of a global pandemic, I’ve heard comments from other parishioners about how they have added spiritual disciplines to their daily routines. Inspired by this, I thought of ways I could incorporate more prayer into my daily life.

For many years I have read or listened to Forward Movement’s Day by Day devotions. And at some point during 2020, I began listening to their Morning Prayer podcast. At first, I just listened. But I soon began following along in my prayer book. Not only am I able to participate in the prayers, but I am also hearing all the readings appointed for each day.

On Saturdays, one of the officiants leads participants through Canticle 12, “A Song of Creation” (BCP p. 88). This beautiful reflection on the cosmic order, the earth and its creatures, and the people of God has been balm to my soul. Reading and listening to this has helped me pay attention more closely to God’s creation. And I am in awe of what He has done for us.

Thanksgiving for the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.  BCP p. 840

Kerry Hancock