Are you praying for Louisiana?
I have never been to Louisiana, but I imagine how the coast and wetlands play a vital role in natural and human history. The varieties of ecosystems. The important fishing industry and other forms of business. The beauty of creation, appreciated by so many. My mind has trouble wrapping around how the Gulf oil spill will play out for years to come.
The natural/human story is vast. Sometimes to get perspective on a complex system is, it helps to look at one creature, or one individual. Here is one individual, Congressman Charlie Melancon of Louisiana. “These are America’s wetlands.”
In addition to praying for Louisiana and the entire Gulf region, may I ask for prayer for:
- Employees of BP. Man, it must suck to work there.
- The families of those who lost their lives in the accident. It will always be personal to them.
Why ourselves? Because as much as the company its procedures need to be investigated and held accountable, the truth is, they are there because we asked them to be there. We need the oil in order to continue our lifestyles of consumption. (Recommended reading: Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Mike Frost takes on a variety of surprising topics, including how we deal with runaway corporate power and environmental sustainability.)
So let us pray. In fact, I invite you to write out your prayer as a comment below.