April 22, 2020

Published April 22, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

Rejoice in God’s astonishing handiwork of creation; praise God’s life-giving power and might revealed in the smallest microbe and the infinite mysteries of the universe. Pray that we will demonstrate wisdom, appreciation and respect for nature and all that God has entrusted to our care and use.

                                                Living Lutheran, Prayer Ventures, April 22, 2020

I was a biology major in my undergraduate studies – go figure. I attended college in the late 1960’s and participated in the very first Earth Day and took one of the first ecology courses offered in the country. I’ve been a recycling maniac ever since and my heart breaks when I see pictures of our plastics defiling oceans and habitats.

In an article in Living Lutheran, Adrainne Gray, an ELCA deacon serving in the Holy Land as communications officer for the Lutheran World Federation, reminds us that all land is holy land. That God’s creation is gift and grace. Honoring that gift is part of sabbath practice and a way to honor God. Plant something green, reduce use of disposable plastics, take time to say thank you to the Lord who made all things.

 5Let them praise the name of the LORD,
 for he commanded and they were created.
 6He established them forever and ever;
 he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
 7Praise the LORD from the earth,
 you sea monsters and all deeps,
 8fire and hail, snow and frost,
 stormy wind fulfilling his command!
 9Mountains and all hills,
 fruit trees and all cedars!
 10Wild animals and all cattle,
 creeping things and flying birds!

                        Psalm 148, v 5-10