The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind … And God saw that it was good.
9 And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
The Bible shows us that the earth is sacred, a creation of our creator God. It has value because God has made it and declared it is good – not merely useful, adequate or necessary to humanity, but good.
The diversity and abundance of life on earth reflect the generous heart of a God who loves to bless, who delights in growth and richness and wants us to share his delight in – and care for – the world around us.
Let these words of former Archbishop Rowan Williams inspire you to act today: “Receive the world God has given you. Go for a walk. Get wet. Dig the earth.”
Prayer for the week
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
From “O Lord my God!”,
by Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989)
Get in touch with nature
Spend time outside noticing any plants, trees and wildlife. Go for a walk. Get wet. Dig the earth.
|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.