April 22, 2007

el dia de la tierra

From Psalm 104:
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works-

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the LORD.

Having children, my appreciation for nature has increased so much. When you watch a child as a lady bug crawls on her hand or splashes in the waves or sees their favorite color in a sunset you look in their eyes and see an amazement, a wonder you realize you may have lost. In that moment, they are worshiping their Creator- soaking in and appreciating what he has given to them so freely and abundantly.

I'm constantly amazed at how concerns around the environment have become political. Even more appalling is how right-wing Christians will cry 'conspiracy theory' when global warming is spoken of. It's shameful. I despise being associated with people such as this most of the time. It is God's creation plane and simple. Who cares who else is for taking care of this globe, our scriptures and theology would seem to make it very clear-at leat it has to me-that we are responsible here. It is our duty to care for this place. And yet, here in the US, at least, we destroy it with our tongue-in-cheek jokes and shameless consumption of the natural resources that not only damage the earth but often result in the slaughter of those that live near access to those resources. How can the same people opposed to addressing global warming also talk about world evangelism? If you want to reach people, you better take better care of the land they stand on... or there won't be anyone to "reach out" to.

So, today we make plans for our garden that we will plant as an act of worship and appreciation to our Creator. We will attend the Earth Day festival to celebrate the gift given within Genesis. And we will show our gratitude tonight as a community, pledging our solidarity with all that is good that God has created.

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