I AM YOUR MOTHER (Earth Prayer) (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Lyrics

I am your mother: do not neglect me!
Children protect me, I need your trust;
my breath is your breath, my death is your death,
ashes to ashes, dust into dust.

I am your nurture: do not destroy me!
Love and enjoy me, savor my fruit;
my good is your good, my food is your food,
water and flower, branches and root.

I am your lodging: do not abuse me!
Tenderly use me, soothing my scars;
my health is your health, my wealth is your wealth,
shining with promise, set among stars.

God is our maker: do not deny God,
challenge, defy God, threaten this place:
life is to cherish, care, or we perish!
I am your mother, tears on my face.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Co., 1996, No. 16): “Living in New Zealand, with its ‘green’ culture and Maori creation stories, I feel strongly about the ‘theology of the earth’. This is written in the first person to compel attention.”

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