The earth and all who breathe
exist through love divine,
who formed the sea, the flowering tree,
the wren, the fragrant pine.
Each woman, man, and child
created from the dust
is called to share creation's care,
a sacred, living trust.
The good, abundant earth
is ours to tend and keep,
yet land lies waste, consumed in haste,
and hungry children weep.
The nations proudly build
new Babels to the sky.
Their bombs destroy creation's joy,
their missiles terrify!
Creation now awaits
at last to claim one common aim?
to nurture life on earth.
Awake, all humankind,
the challenge now embrace,
apply your strength, your voice,
your means, as stewards of God's grace.
NOTE: This hymn text is NOT covered by CCLI.