Earth Day – For All God’s People
Love as the basis for caring for our resources…
Want to stir up some controversy? Start talking about the “environment.” You will hear everything, from how we are already “doomed” from one side of the discussion, to being told by certain religious elite, that any references to the term “Mother Earth,” point to paganism.
Meanwhile, all along, I have been under the impression that “Mother Earth” is just a poetic metaphor for what God provides to us from the earth; but then, I am a songwriter, so I would see poetry…right? My early work did include compositions which promoted a lifestyle of caring for the environment, such as the song, “What will we leave for the Seventh Generation?” And today, I do have a few thoughts about our relationship to the environment as Christians; but I will be bypassing the politics and potential religious debates, to just speak of Love & Hope.
Changed by the Spirit: Let’s start at the beginning. When we learn to walk by the leading of the Spirit of God, the theory is that we will gradually change from “self-based” to becoming more “love-motivated.” Ok, you might be asking why I would bring up the Spirit in this discussion; and what does that have to do with the environment? It is simple; when we live from a heart of love, we become observant and wise in all the ways we can help others or show respect for the resources which God has entrusted to us. For instance, would it be love to toss trash out of the window of our vehicle onto the highway? Would it be love to throw away items in the dump that could have been donated to a good cause, helping others in need?
Caring for our environment, common-sense recycling, repurposing of goods, planting more gardens and trees… well these are just a few of the are wonderful ways to not only show love, but to say “Thank You” to God for what we have been given.
So today, on April 22nd, I won’t be planting a tree, but I do have some flowers and tomato plants to set into the ground; and on that note, I leave you with this thought and prayer, “Lord help us to…walk softly on the earth. Help us to teach our young folks well about their relationship with nature; and help us all Lord, to become resourceful in the ways we care for our beautiful planet earth and the people that dwell upon it. Amen.”
Have a great Earth Day!
Yours in Christ,
Chaplain Ann M. Wolf
P.S. – Thought you might enjoy the songs, “What Will We Leave for the 7th Generation?” and “How Great Thou Art” today, the latter of which takes you through the mountains with my cousins, “The Wolf Pack.”
Words & music by Ann M. Wolf – c 2015 – BMI – All rights reserved.