Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:30am
April 22nd is Earth Day! A day set aside to honor and support protecting our environment. And while this is a day that we should absolutely observe and celebrate, creation care needs our continued attention throughout the year.
When I watch documentaries like “Planet Earth”, I marvel at the intricacies and creativity of God’s creations. I am awestruck by the beauty of it and I am overwhelmed by gratitude for it. Spending time in nature is not only good for our hearts and souls it has also been shown to improve our memory and attention.
And yet our natural world is quickly disappearing. Scientists tell us that in the last 50 years wildlife populations have on average declined by 60% and that this is largely due to human activity.
As Christians, we work, alongside God, to bring about God’s kingdom to earth. To me this means helping to create the world to be the way God intended. Disappearing wildlife, endangered and extinct species, polluted water and air...this is not what God intended.
Our call to be good stewards of the earth comes at the very beginning of the Bible. In the second (yes second!) creation account found in Genesis 2, we read "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
This can feel overwhelming as the environmental issues have become so vast and complicated. Luckily, compassionately, God did not leave Adam to do the work alone. He created a partner and this reminds us that we too do not have to do this work alone.
As Desmond Tutu says, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
It is my prayer that on this Earth Day we will recommit ourselves to be good stewards of the earth. That we will do our small part so that together we can overwhelm the world with love, compassion and justice.
I hope to see you Sunday in person or on livestream.
Peace in Christ,