Hello friends –
Last week we began the Season of Creation and our worship focused on forests and their critical role in God’s creation. I shared statistics in the sermon about forest fires and how the consequences of human behaviors have led to more severe fires. This week the fires out west are raging and we are seeing truly unbelievable images and hearing heartbreaking stories of lives and livelihoods lost. The forests, homes and business, animals and insects and plants are all burning and the land that remains is scorched – all life gone. Our first response to this latest round of fires is prayer, but I hope we can also find actions we can take to help those who have been affected and make choices in our daily lives that protect and conserve creation. It will take decades if not more for the earth to heal, if it even can, and what we do will impact the recovery of both people and planet.
This week we continue the Season of Creation with Land Sunday. The text for the week is Psalm 139:7-10. We give thanks that God’s presence covers the earth – from the heights of the sky to the depths of the earth – even to the scorched ground and the ash-filled winds. What does it mean that God’s spirit is present in the land and soil?