A prayer for life: January 22

O God,
you adorn your creation with splendor and beauty
and you fashion human lives in your image and likeness.

Awaken in every heart a spirit of reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of human life.

Through Christ our Lord.

Image by Peter Chinn
O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!

You have set your majesty above the heavens!

Out of the mouths of babes and infants 
you have drawn a defense against your foes, 
to silence the enemy and avenger. 

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, 
the moon and stars that you set in place--
what are humans that you are mindful of them, 
mere mortals that you care for them? 

Yet you have made them little less than a god, 
crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them rule over the works of your hands
put all things at their feet:
all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, 
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord, 
how awesome is your name through all the earth!

-Psalm 8


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