553b. Touch the earth lightly

1 Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

2 We who endanger,
who create hunger,
agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster
clouds of disaster —
God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

3 Let there be greening,
birth from the burning,
water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God's garden,
hope in God's children,
regeneration that peace will complete.

4 God of all living,
God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us,
Christ reconnect us,
using us gently, and making us one.

Text Information
First Line: Touch the earth lightly
Author: Shirley Erena Murray (b. 1931)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Genesis 2:15; Genesis 3:17-19; Colossians 1:20
Topic: Aid and development; Children; Children and All-Age Worship (5 more...)
Copyright: © 1992, Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188, USA. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Tune Information
Name: [Touch the earth lightly]
Composer: Tony Alonso (b. 1980)
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 2007, GIA Publications Inc., 7404 S. Mason Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638, USA. www.giamusic.com All rights reserved. Used by permission.



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