Alpha and Omega
You are the beginning and the end.
In You all things were created
and in You all things are redeemed.
Take now to Your open arms
our grief for Your creation;
for Your wildlife, struggling against extinction;
for the hunted and the trapped;
for the abandoned and the homeless;
for Your animals, unnaturally imprisoned,
transported and slaughtered in terror;
for Your animals cruelly used
as laboratory tools.
In us You live as Risen Lord.
Our hearts plead with You now to carry the pain
of Your suffering creatures,
even to the least of these.
The darkness of the world binds them
as it binds us, O Lord,
and only Your love can free us
to live in Your light.
(This prayer was written by May Tripp, a founder of Animal Christian Concern founded in England in 1988. The group actively works and prays for animal rights, and for the churches and Christians, in general, that God's Spirit will touch the hearts and minds of those who have not yet accepted the sinfulness of our abuse of God's nonhuman creatures.)