How can we pray for our environment?

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, June 27, 2016.

Earth’s largest landfill can be found in the ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as it’s known, is a swirling mass of mostly plastic debris. Divided into an Eastern and Western Patch, the Eastern one alone is estimated to be the size of Texas.

European nations have led the way in recycling efforts to stem environmental catastrophes such as this. We’re also seeing more retailers banning plastic bags in the United States. These and other global efforts for our environment are certainly steps in the right direction. But there is more we all can do to bring a healing light, rather than discouragement, to large problems.

The Scriptures have inspired my prayers for the environment, as they emphasize God’s tender care for all that He has made. In Nehemiah we read, “You alone are the Lord; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all” (9:6, New King James Version). God, divine Love, would never leave its creation in disrepair.

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