This is the end of my series, an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything, answering the question–How can we live well, despite problems?
We can be grateful that Z is for Zebra! Amen!
A is for Aardvark;
B is for Birch;
Deer; Elderberry; Fairy shrimp;
Game fish (salmon, trout, bass, mackerel);
House cricket; Iris; Jack rabbit;
Kit fox; Lark; Milk thistle;
Neon guppy; Orchid; Porphyry (purple igneous feldstone);
Quartz; Raptor; Sand dune;
Tamarind; Undulating and mysterious marine life:
Vole; Water: Xeropyte (a plant that thrives with little water);
and Z is for Zebra!
For all creatures great and small, for ecosystems, weather, stars and planets, light and darkness, for all things seen and unseen, all things bright and frightening and beautiful I give thanks.
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.
Teach me to live well.
Let me deeply experience and know the glory of creation, that I may learn how life is sustained, how diversity is nurtured, how seasons influence growth and decay and rebirth, how necessary are nontoxic rains, unpolluted air and filtered sunshine for the sustenance of life. Remind me how vital are the restful, nonproductive seasons for renewal of fertile abundance. Help me to understand that food and provision are healthy (whole, holy) only when the earth–the atmosphere, the soil, the water, all the plants and animals living on and in earth–are all healthy.
Let me know deeply the places where I live and work that I will wisely care for the environments in which I am planted. May I learn to lovingly attend to the needs of the animals, plants and minerals which provide food, shelter and clothing for me, my family, and for all humanity.
May we all learn to live harmoniously, sustainably and peaceably in our miraculous bodies on this miraculous planet. May we learn to accept and to follow the way of wisdom.
(Please, say, Yes!)