24 O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
27 These all look to you
to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.
today I celebrate your creation
Great and wide,
tiny and microscopic
Fierce and wild,
Calm and at rest.
You took great delight
in making creatures of all variations.
flowers colored in splendor and delicate
plants in shapes unimagined
trees that tower
mountains and crags and hills and plains
rocks and shells and sand and lava
10s of thousands of species of insects
animals who sing and fly and creep and crawl
and leap and gallop and swim and gnash
human ones with our variations
and me -- just one creature among so many.
One of God's beautiful creations.
And you, O God, care for us ALL.
Today I take my place among your creation
doing what I was made to do...
to give you praise!
May my words and my actions bring honor to you.