March 23, 2018
The following prayers and graces seem quite appropriate when living in the outdoors. They have been used on weekend and long-term hikes.
God Has Created A New Day
God has created a new day
Silver and green and gold.
Live that the sunset may find us
Worthy his gift to hold.
Good Morning God
Good morning God, this is your day
I am your child, show me the way.
For health and friends
And daily food
We give thee thanks, O Lord.
We thank you, God, for happy hearts,
For fine and sunny weather;
We thank you, God, for this our food,
And that we are together.
For every cup and plateful,
God make us truly grateful.
A Hiking Prayer
Master of the Universe
Grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass, among all living things.
And there may I be alone, and enter into prayer,
To talk with the one to whom I belong.
May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field
(All grasses, trees, and plants)
May they all awake at my coming,
To send the powers of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and the spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent source.
Creator Spirit, Come
O God, Creator of lakes and dunes
Help us to feel your spirit
In the beauty of nature around us:
Make us calm and,
In the quiet, speak to us:
Help us to listen;
We have so much to learn from you
And also from one another:
Help us to celebrate
Your presence among us,
And to work together in your name.
God's Great Outdoors (form circle, face out)
There is a place on earth for us,
Where sparkling water pours,
O'er rocks and sands of wilderness;
It's called God's great outdoors.
Here is the home of fighting fish,
Dens where the bruin snores,
Huge mountain crests where eagles seek
To share God's great outdoors.
Yes, here is where the wild game roams,
Where gypsy bird life soars.
Where the sun, the wind, the rain, and snow
Meet in God's great outdoors.
Here's where the din of raging storms
Is hushed by tranquil shores,
Where life and death are next of kin,
Mixed in God's great outdoors.
'Neath These Tall Green Trees
'Neath these tall green trees we stand,
Asking blessings from His hand.
Thanks we give to Thee above,
For health, strength, and thy love.
Nature & I
I am part of Nature.
I am part of everything that lives.
I am bound together with all living things in air, in land, in water.
My life depends on Nature - upon its balance, upon its resources
and upon the continuity of both.
To destroy them is to destroy myself.
As a member of the human race, I am responsible for its survival.
I am a part of Nature. I will not destroy it.
Mountain Meadows Grace
We thank the Lord for the food we eat,
For camping fun and the friends we meet,
For the rushing streams and the calm cool breeze,
For lovely meadows and tall green trees.
Neath These Tall Green Trees
Neath these tall green trees we stand
Asking blessings from Thy hand
Thanks we give to thee above
For Thy help and strength and love.
Thank You For The World So Sweet
Thank you for the world so sweet
thank you for the food we eat
thank you for the birds that sing
thank you God for everything.
For food and all Thy gifts of love
We give Thee thanks and praise
Look down O Lord from above
And bless us all our days.
Bless O Lord this food to our use,
And us to Thy service.
Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes, from the hills
from the sky, all is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Lord, in the quiet of the evening,
come into our hearts as we lie down to rest,
and help us to know that, in camping outdoors,
we need not fear. You are with us.
Closing (form circle)
Once you have been a camper,
Something has come to stay;
Something has come that nothing
Will ever take away.
We came as strangers, we became friends, we part as brothers.
Contents of this page selected from the The MacScouter's Big "A Scout is Reverent""Resource Book, compiled by Kyna Hendra.
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