Be the Change Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers

By Stephen M. Shick

From Skinner House Books

This collection is designed to inspire and sustain activists and others who are working for a better world. Brimming with poignant and inspirational quotations and verse from Jesus to Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rachel Carson and Maya Angelou.

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Spirit of Life, God of Love, who are we to know how you moved over the waters when all was new? We were not there when you parted them and formed dry land. We didn't hear you cry with joy when earth gave birth to life, or when love began to grow in the human heart. Your longing for hope created this vast diversity of beings with whom we now share our days.

Spirit of perpetual creation and re-creation, help us to see past our pride to what we have done. Help us accept responsibility for destroying the gifts of clean water and air, of woodlands and grasslands, of creatures that fly through the air and swim through the seas and walk, creep, and crawl on dry land. Help us to gather the seeds of humility and join you in renewing the earth.