REFLECTION FOR TRINITY 7
Someone once said that we have the earth on loan from the next generation.
I wonder what they will think of how we’ve cared for it.
Deforestation, fracking, climate change, oil spills, plastic pollution in the seas.
There are those who seem to think that our best chance is to search out alternative planets for humanity to colonise. It’s as if they’re saying that Earth is no longer fit for human habitation, without accepting that we are to blame.
The psalmist recognises that:
The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it
In the Genesis creation story God created the heavens and the earth. And humankind was created and put into the Gar-den of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Long before the Westminster Confession’s chief end of man is to glorify God, we were created to work and take care of Earth.
This is why one of the marks of the church’s mission is:
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
The next generation is wanting to know what difference being a Christian makes. Part of the answer is in the way that we treat the earth and its resources.
We need to consider what practical steps each on of us can take to safeguard, sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Because there is no Earth 2.0
From the Rev'd Martin Allwood in Yorkshire -
As I write sneezing merrily from hay fever, I am conscious of how we take our good health for granted. It makes me think especially of all those that we know who are struggling with ill health, praying for all carers and those in the health care professions as they help to make troubled lives more bearable. Maybe on those days when the weather is good, we should take the opportunity to enjoy our own health, by getting out more, and even helping someone else, whose health is not so great, to get out and enjoy what God has given us. As the summer holidays approach, we continue to think of all the students writing exams, their families and especially their teachers in the last haul towards the end of term and all the changes that the new Term will bring. May the summer holidays bring a brief time of peace and respite.
God bless, Martin
Hundred River & Wainford Benefice