God commands us to “tend the garden”. Too often Christians have ignored this divine directive. We live in a world where the destruction of God’s gift of creation is rampant.
In celebration of the gift of creation, my congregation is participating in a web simulcast hosted by http://www.blessedearth.org on April 21 @7:30PM. Together we will celebrate God’s gift and renew our commitment for caring for creation.
Creation care is a non-negotiable aspect of Christian identity that goes beyond turning down the thermostat in your home or churches (although that is always a good start). Fundamentally, it is an attitude of love and worth-ship. I am reminded of Father Zosima’s wonderful hymn to creation in Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov”:
Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it.
Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.
If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day.
And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”
What is your family and/or church doing in terms of creation care? Are you filled with gratitude, love, and worth-ship?