taking good care of a good gift #EarthDay

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For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. – Romans 8:19-21

So it’s Earth Day, and the trees are fighting back! For me it’s the oak blossom, and today the pollen is smacking me around pretty good! 

I’m still thankful, of course, that we live in a town with so many beautiful trees that we have”forest” as part of the name. And I’m thankful that my allergy issue is usually resolved in a couple of short weeks. I’m still thankful that our cul-de-sac is so woodsy, and that our house is surrounded by so many trees.

I’d still rather have the allergy than not have the trees.

DSC_0850-001So today I’m featuring a few Earth Day photos that show the progress of our garden from springtime and towards the beginnings of summer. This is the first year that we have felt we are making a real impact on the architecture of the landscape. Of course we have a long way to go, but it has changed from a futile fight with an unruly yard into a meaningful partnership with the Good Earth.

I think that’s what Earth Day is all about. It’s about respecting the creation and honoring the Creator in the way that we live as stewards of this amazing gift.

We are, the Bible says, “fearfully and wonderfully made” – but it’s not just us… it’s the entire planet.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. – Psalm 139:14

The same sense of delicate balance that means a few micro-sized particles of pollen can knock me off my feet is a thread of caution that runs through every aspect of creation. If we don’t take better care, we will destroy this amazing gift.

DSC_0846-001Nature – just like people we find ourselves in conflict with – cannot, must not, will not be bullied into submission. Instead, we must learn more, listen more, respect more, nurture more, and love more. Am I talking about people? Or am I talking about the Earth? The answer is, “yes.”

The imperative of our faith is clear. Honor God; honor people; honor life; honor the world we’ve been trusted to care for. And always, in everything, live and give with a grateful heart.

we must learn more, listen more, respect more, nurture more, and love more.

Happy Earth Day – DEREK

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