Other pages also have earth-centered songs. Categories blur into each other. “Songs by Stephen Miller” which is the major heading for this subheading and “Songs for Worship” are places to look. Here are a few more songs with environmental themes.
Reach to the earth! Reach to the Sky! Spirit is everywhere: both low and high! Reach to your head! Reach to your toes! Spirit in everything: Even in those! Hug one to one! Hug two to two! In me and you. (Copyright © Stephen J. Miller)
We can have clean water; We can have clean air; We can have good food If only we dare. There is enough water; There is plenty of air; There’s enough food for all; There’s enough if we share. The earth is a good provider, And we are a part of the earth. We give and receive, and we laugh and we grieve Through each death and in every new birth. The earth is our vulnerable lover; We take and decide how to give. We thank or we fuss; it is up to us; We abuse earth or let our earth live. (repeat first stanza) copyright © Stephen J. Miller
“I Am the Water” I am the water flowing to the sea. More than any droplet in the process I see me. I am the ocean misting to the sky. As each atom rises I celebrate; it is I. I am the desert thirsting for some rain. Now I see great beauty in the contours of my pain. In the primordial Womb of the universe I look beyond myself and I see me. Every quark of my being is here in creation From big bang to whatever will be. I am the wonder of the universe around. Each moment of creation Connects me; I am found. ©2005 Stephen J. Miller
I went to take my garbage out; The can was completely full. I couldn’t get the lid on tight; There was simply no more room. The garbage trucks had stopped their rounds; The landfill had shut down; The message came through loud and clear Keep your garbage, keep your garbage, Keep your own garbage, it’s yours. The trash icon on my crowded screen Was bulging it was full I clicked the mouse on empty trash, But the trash can remained full. Utilities were malfunctioning; It must be some new bug. The message still is loud and clear; Keep your garbage… I went to see my therapist; My life was again a mess. I unloaded lots of feelings To get them off my chest. The therapist said, “It’s your life. You live with all you do.” The message is the same you know: Keep your garbage … The landfills may not all be full, My hard drive’s still got space. My history sure does stay with me, But I’m just as full of grace. Now grace may be recycling, And every bit remains. So garbage is the new resource, so: Keep your garbage … (copyright © Stephen J. Miller)
The world is a fickle filter Where only the fittest will survive And now our species in the crosshairs Is looking for a way to stay alive Yes, times like this may get so tense That cowards turn to violence And demand material recompense And proving that they have no sense They build an even bigger fence To keep from being free. But now we hear a few who say That we can find another way And live to love another day But they don’t name the price we’ll pay If dice are tossed and we won’t play Because of what we see. The world is a fickle filter Where only the fittest will survive And now our species in the crosshairs Is looking for a way to stay alive Since cowards think that might makes right And have not even slight insight They’re all day and all night uptight They think the choice is flight or fight But looking now in light so bright We see a better way. As Gandhi, King, and Jesus show There’s more to life than yes and no The answer’s found in winds that blow Where violence can never go So we’ll stand fast and peace will grow Forever and a day. The world is a fickle filter And peace is now needed to survive So now let’s live in a world that dares To know peace is the way to stay alive. We’ll give our species a new lease As more and more insist on peace Nonviolent resistance will increase And the power of love it will release So the threat of war will finally cease Wherever one may roam. In partnership with all the earth We’ll give Mother Earth a second birth As all around our earth’s great girth We’ll love and laugh for all we’re worth But it will be much more than mirth; It will be shalom! The world is a fickle filter And peace is now needed to survive So now let’s live in a world that dares To know peace is the way to stay alive. (Copyright © Stephen J. Miller)
1.We are a young planet; We are the Earth; New life proliferates; We’re still giving birth. 2. We are a brand new species – Humanity – We might destroy ourselves with Our vanity! 3. Our earth renews herself! We can join in; It may not be too late, So now let’s begin. 4. Fifteen billion years ago The universe began Expanding to infinity More than we think it can. Another 5 billion years went by Before the birth of our sun; And in patient cosmic ordering Creation was not done. (repeat 1,2,3) 5. The human species did evolve Just forty thousand years ago We could now become extinct Or have the wisdom to grow. We’ve sure done a lot of damage here Though we haven’t been around very long; But we’ve also shown the ability to choose And to know there’s a right and a wrong. (repeat 1,2,3) (Copyright © Stephen J. Miller)