Moderator Mardi’s Blog: Prayers for plankton

Last Saturday I had the distinct privilege of meeting Kathryn Randsdell at a full-day regional event held at Highlands United Church in Vancouver.

She approached me at the end of the day to talk about how we, as people of Christian faith, might best respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She moved me to begin adding prayers for plankton to my daily morning prayers.

This may strike you as an odd idea. Praying for creation is one thing, but plankton? Well, consider that plankton is responsible for 50% of the planet’s oxygen. In human terms, every second breath we take, as Alanna Mitchell points out in her book, Sea Sick.

I’ve asked a couple of friends who are beautiful prayer writers, if they might compose poetic prayers for all life in the Gulf. When I receive them,  I’ll share them here. Then anyone who wishes can join with Kathryn and me to lift up a beautiful part of God’s good Earth that is now under tremendous stress.

Yesterday, another friend sent me Kathryn’s blog posting that followed our meeting last week. I commend it to you.

And please don’t wait for others’ prayers to appear here before offering your own. As we allow our hearts to be opened through prayer, God only knows what blessings may flow.