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Week 5 – Tuesday

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Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great

Reading

Psalm 104.24-28
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom you have made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
    creeping things innumerable are there,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you
    to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

Reflection

The sea is filled with innumerable creatures, from microscopic to the largest creatures on earth. But this diversity is threatened not only by global warming but also by plastic pollution.

Currently over three billion of us worldwide currently have no safe way of managing our plastic waste. Plastic waste not only causes pollution that damages human health, it leads to vast floating islands of plastic in the seas and microplastics threatening even the tiniest marine creatures. 

Action

There is an urgent need for us to break our plastic addiction. What more could you do to reduce your own use of plastic at home and on the move?

Prayer

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)

Family Challenge

Can you use less plastic?
Too much plastic is ending up in the sea and endangering sea creatures big and small. Think of ways you and your family could use less.

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.