Earth Day

Friday, April 22, 2022
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Romans 8:18-25 – I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 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. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (NRSV)

During this Eastertide, we are living through a season of resurrection and hope. Some use that word hope as an acronym for Heal Our Planet Earth. Hope is what we cling to in these dark days of war and destruction, global warming and environmental degradation.

I don't for a moment want to dissipate the darkness, the dilemma, or the despair that many feel at the state of the world, but I want there to be rays of hope to hold on to. Paul reminds us that what we wait for is a brave new world, a redeemed world, a saved world, a restored world — a world that waits with hope, a hope that is healing instead of decaying. Paul said that creation itself, with eager longing, waits on the highest hill and in the deepest depths for the "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."

Earth Day 2022 … resurrection and hope.

God so loved the world — every stick and stone, every bird and beast, every hill and valley, every ocean and tropical forest, every glacier and glade, every microbe and monkey, every man, woman and child — that He gave His only Son …

Let us remember that on the day of resurrection — the first Easter — Mary did not mistake Christ for a soldier, a scientist, or even a rabbi, but rather a gardener.

Prayer: God, You love the earth You made, the sea and the sky, the animals and the trees, the birds and the bees. You even love the ground under our feet. We thank You for making so many bright and beautiful things — including all of us. You made us all for a purpose. Today, help us to think about why we're here in the middle of this bright and beautiful world. We join our voices with the wind and the waves, the geese and the gophers to praise Your holy name. Amen! (Nancy Cocks in "God's Good Old Earth")

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank YOU!!

    Amen, Kenn.

    Amen, Kenn! Blessings.

    Thank you SO much Amen indeed!!

    I guessed as I read who the author was!! Well done.

    Hope indeed! That’s what we need on this Earth Day, thanks Kenn! God bless!

    Thanks Kenn for words of hope on a day that I needed such a message.

    O Wow, Kenn! You made me laugh out loud when I read it which was astonishing, considering what I’d been through yesterday!! God is in it. I won’t forget it. Thanks for sharing it.

    Hello Kenn,
    “Mary did not mistake Christ for a soldier, a scientist, or even a rabbi, but rather a gardener.”
    Jesus is again hidden in plain sight, a gardener. Thanks for the insight.

    Greetings Kenn and many thanks for your devotional today. We surely need give much gratitude to our loving God who created each of us and the great beauty of everything that surrounds us in this world. It is our duty to care for His creations and preserve them in any way we can. Blessings for doing these special writings.

    Good morning Kenn,
    In Toronto we are going to have a sunny and warm day on Earth Day. We will be able to be out and enjoy the world that God has provided as nature is waking up. Yesterday on my walk, I saw bloodroot unfurling – so inspiring.
    May we all be filled with HOPE as we praise the Lord to move the world out of the darkness we see around us. Thank you for sharing the lovely prayer. Blessings.

    Thank you for the reminder that the earth is the Lord’s and we have not been sufficient caretakers. This is not meant to be critical: however all too often in the Bible spiritual healing proceeds physically healing. Phrases like your faith has made you well. Question which haunts me: can the predicament of planet be turned around before our stinking thinking (A. A. Term) be first healed? Just wondering.

    Kenn’s response:

    Environmental advocacy begins by addressing stinking thinking – love the phrase… it reminds me of an interesting version of a Bible passage…
    I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God! “‘I’ll pull you out of that stinking pollution.” (Ezekiel 36: 25-29 The Message)

    What a beautiful message – hope for our world and our lives.

    Well said Kenn, a really nice reminder of the created beauty that lives around us, and that there is more than just the gloom that we encounter. Each element of Creation praises God in its own unique way. Thank you.


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