Sunday, June 9, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Protection of God’s beautiful creation
Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land. Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety.  Vs 18-19

God has provided us with the right atmosphere to lead a healthy life, with the right mixture of sunlight, rain, water, land, air, plants, and every other creature and living and non-living objects. His awesome creation has provided us with shelter, food, and all other comforts that we enjoy. As Rabindranath Tagore wrote, Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation”. Look at the amazing beauty of the blue sky on a clear day, or the beautiful sunset watched from a prairie, or the most beautiful flowers in a valley; all points to an earth that is a creation with love and beauty. At various occasions, Jesus has quoted the real nature in His talks and teachings and referred to them as blessings from His heavenly father. The Garden of Eden was the beginning of co-existence between man and nature. Everything was made especially to satisfy the exact needs of our bodies and souls, because God only knew the intricate mysteries of the working of human body. Adam and Eve tended the Garden with joy and it responded with vibrant fruits and proliferation. The first couple knew God and loved and understood His laws and its implications. But at one point they disobeyed the laws put forth by the creator, by pressure from the devil, and from that very beginning humans continued in his disobedient ways.
Although we have implemented human ways to protect natural resources, it’s not fully followed for many human reasons. We act with selfish motives in mind, which impacts negatively on this beautiful creation. We are now faced with many challenges where our nature’s beauty is fading away and causing sufferings to those living forms which depend on it. Are we not obeying the laws of the creator, are we not tenderly caring for the creation – the answer to a certain extend is, NO. As church and as God’s chosen people, can we try to enhance ways and means to protect and sustain God’s beautiful creation, so that we can pass these beauties to our forthcoming generations? Can we pledge to do whatever possible within our own means to save the great resources of this earth? Lets enjoy and celebrate life and land according to what’s written in today’s Bible reading and lets tend to its needs based on the laws prescribed by it’s owner.

Prayer: God, we thank you for thy great creation and the beauties of it that we enjoy. We ask thee to provide thy great wisdom to look at nature and realize where we have disobeyed thy laws and give us strength to work together as Church, communities and individuals to put forth our great efforts to extend the beauty of thy creation.

Thought for the Day:  Save nature save life

Dr. Eapen Daniel, Philadelphia