And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind … ” And God saw that it was good.
24 And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
The Bible shows us a God deeply concerned for creation, not least for animals.
Genesis 1 depicts God creating all land animals – including humans – on the sixth day. We will see later this week that humans are given particular qualities and responsibilities by God. But we also share so much with other creatures. God declares animals to be “good”, and gives to them (as well as to us) the earth and the plants it contains for food.
Give thanks to God today for the animals with whom we share a common home, and for making such an abundance of life.
Prayer for the week
For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth, and buds of heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.
From “For the beauty of the earth”,
by F. S. Pierpoint (1835–1917)
Notice the animals around you
Count how many different creatures you encounter – pets, wildlife or farm animals – today and during this week.
|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.