for the love of a flickering flame
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.
We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.
(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)
Creator God, we give you thanks for our brother fire, who cooks our food and warms our homes. We remember those who are left out in the cold, those choked by smoke and pollution, those who spend their days searching for firewood, and the land and trees destroyed for fuel.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.
Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.
Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
St Francis, pray for us.