And God saw that the light was good …
4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’
Light is good. Access to light and electricity brings people many benefits, enhancing our security, education and health. The good news is that more than 920 million people have gained access since 2010. However, some 650 million people are likely still to be without electricity in 2030, the vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
We need to provide light – and heat – to the whole world in ways that use renewable sources and neither pollute the environment nor pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
A third of the UK’s electricity now comes from renewable sources like solar. Ask your provider if you can switch to a 100% renewable energy tariff. If not, find one via the big church switch website.
Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)
Give thanks for light and warmth at home
Almost a billion more people now have electricity at home than did ten years ago. Thank God for this progress, and for your own home, too.
Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.