Our Mother who art the Earth
Nourishing are thy ways
Thy web of life be woven
Thy ways be found within
As it is all around.
Thank you this day for our bread and sweat
And forgive us our misuse of you
As we forgive others their misuse of us
And lead us not into exploitation
But deliver us from lording it over you
And over each other and over fellow creatures.
For thine are the waters of life
The feeding, breeding, seeding ground
For now and for as close to forever
As we shall ever come.
--Z. Budapest, Dianic Witch
Quite a different emphasis when the Divine Feminine is the subject of the prayer, eh? I found this version on Z. Budapest's website and I like it very much. The themes of rulership and "power over" have been replaced by ones of nurturance, respect and equality. There's even a refreshing humility in her line "for as close to forever as we shall ever come."