you gathered humanity along the sandy shores of the Nile
so long ago and placed in them the dream of eternity.
An eternity that inspired the building of great works
that would carry the stories and treasures of their present
into an unknown future.
Help us to imagine the future again.
Help us to build with all of our creative genius
new ways of being and living in this world
so that all we treasure today will have a hope in the future.
May the agreements and goals set at COP27
endure the test of time
and within them proclaim caring actions
that bind us into a worldwide family.
Through the power of all your Holy Names,
may it be so.
―Rev. Gary Clark, Forest Hill United Church