|Everything God gave us is in perfect balance. And we have, especially over the last few generational cycles of human life, defiled and destroyed that gift, perhaps irrevocably with addictive behaviors around fossil fuels and a growth-at-all-costs mentality. What do we say to this? The World Meteorological Organization now says there is a 50/50 chance we will pass 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next five years, a catastrophic scale of warming on this planet. We are in the midst of a mass species extinction event, much of which is hidden from our eyes but it is happening. The climate crisis is upon us, and God’s Creation is bleeding, burning and crying out all around us.
I find myself sometimes paralyzed in this season by the grief of what we have done to this precious gift. I gaze around my garden, or I look at beautiful vistas as I travel and wonder to myself, why do we hate what God has given us? What is wrong with us? Why do we insist on death, and violate the Commandments? There is no more precious gift from God than the Creation, the container for all life as we know it. Jesus said it over and over again: “I came to save all of Creation.”
I think we are called to go in a few specific directions these days as the Church. Working to save Creation not just for ourselves, but for all beloved co-inhabitants is holy and sacred work. It is generational work. This past weekend I met with a congregation who wanted to talk about these things. We reflected that the Bible begins and ends with a Tree, the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. In Revelation 22 we hear these words, “…the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nation.”
My hope and prayer is that as we head into the summer months, you will allow Creation to speak to you powerfully of God’s abiding love and grace, to renew your spirit with its awe and beauty, and that out of these things, your love for Creation and for God will be rekindled and renewed for the urgent tasks of being the people of life and Resurrection.