Thought for the Day: I’m currently keeping an eye on the garden as this is the first year I planted carrots, and their little tops should be making an appearance any day now. I have mixed results with my gardening, but I still love it. There is something special about digging in the dirt. Maybe instead of the word special I should use the word spiritual. It feels like a religious experience. It was George Bernard Shaw who wrote, “I have found, after a good deal of consideration, that the best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” Today is Earth Day, and scripture reminds me of God’s ownership of the earth. I am a steward of this gift and should never confuse my role with that of God’s role. Yet one of the ways I can feel close to God is when I take seriously the task I have been given – to be a caretaker of the land and water and air. Selfishly, I need all those things to be healthy if I am going to be healthy. At the same time, I am honoring God when I take my role seriously. And of course, Adam (the first human) was created from adamah (Hebrew for the earth). In the ancient Hebrew, the two words are related, revealing how even an ancient people recognized the deep connection.
Prayer: May my life honor you, Lord God, as I take seriously the task I have been given to care for this amazing creation. There is such a splendid abundance, yet not for my exploitation. Give me time to play in the dirt, time to reconnect with the tool of life itself that can get under my fingernails. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge