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01/10/2011 12:11 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sacred Writings on the Environment

Great Spirit, our Creator, you have made everything and are in everything. You sustain everything, guide everything, provide everything and protect everything because everything belongs to you. We are weak, poor and lonely; nevertheless, help us to offer gratitude and compassion to all your creation. We love the stars, the sun and the moon. We thank you for our mother the earth, whose generous bounty nourishes fish, fowl, animals and us. May we never seek to mistreat the earth; may we live with reverence for you and all you have made. Still our minds and open our hearts to receive your truth. --A Lakota Prayer

Six years you may sow your field. But in the seventh year the land shall have a blessing of complete rest, a Sabbath of the Lord. --Leviticus 25: 2-5

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. --Psalm 150:6

There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this, the land mourns and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying. --Hosea 4:1-4

(Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers -- all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. --Colossians 1:15-20

The leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations. --Revelation 22:3

O children of Adam, eat and drink, but do not be wasteful. Allah does not like prodigals! --Quran 7:31

Allah most gracious! It is Allah who has taught the Quran. Allah has created humankind, taught humanity speech and intelligence. It is Allah who has set the sun and the moon to follow courses exactly computed. The herbs and the trees alike bow in adoration. Allah has raised the firmament high and has set up the balance of justice in order that we may not transgress due balance. So let us establish a commitment to justice and not fall short in the balance.

It is Allah who has spread out the earth for Allah's creatures; the date palm and fruit trees, the corn with its stalks for fodder, all sweet smelling plants. How numerous are the favors of Allah! Can you not see? --Quran 55: 1-13

The Temple bell stops.
But the sound keeps coming
Out of the flowers.
--Basho, 17th Century Buddhist Poet

Supreme Lord let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere. Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests. Let the cosmic powers be peaceful. Let the Brahman, the true essence and source of life, be peaceful. Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere. --Atharva Veda (Hindu)

The great sea has set me in motion,
Set me adrift,
And I move as a reed in the river.

The arch of sky
And mightiness of storms
Encompass me,
And I am left
Trembling with joy.
--Eskimo Poem