Allegiance

Today is Permaculture Day and it is the Year of the Soil so I was interested to read in a blog post by “The Snail” about who or what she would swear allegiance to. Here is the affirmation and pledge that she came up with:

I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that, as a member of the human race, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the earth beneath my feet, the air that I breathe and the water that sustains me.
I will give my loyalty to the natural world and respect its rights and bounty. I will value the world’s ecosystems and work to enhance the land that sustains me – leaving it richer than when I found it. I will observe nature and be inspired by what I see, fulfilling my role as a part of the diversity life on this amazing planet.

By the end of the week we will, hopefully, know a bit more about the future of our government and a new Prime Minister will be making his (very unlikely to be her) allegiance to the Queen.

Jesus talked a lot about allegiance – was it to Caesar, to money, to the law, to God – but what does that mean? The wonderful thing about the Snail’s affirmation above is that it actually means something to her, it includes a measurable out working – “to enhance the land” and “leaving it richer”.

When we make our affirmation(s) do they really mean anything? Will it make a difference to our lives and the lives of those around us?

Perhaps you would like to write your own affirmation and share it here with us?

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2 responses to “Allegiance

  1. Here’s the pledge of allegiance we made on Easter Sunday…

    We believe in a bright and amazing God,
    who decorates the universe
    with sparkling water, bright light,
    twinkling stars and brilliant colours,
    again and again and again;
    who has been to the depths of despair
    on our behalf;
    who has risen in splendour and majesty.

    We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
    that God believes in us, and trusts us,
    even though we make the same mistakes
    over and over again.

    We commit ourselves to Jesus,
    to one another as brothers and sisters,
    and to the Maker’s business in the world.

    God said: Let there be light. May we be the light of the world. Amen!

  2. Thank you for the link… I’m delighted that my pledge has been so positively received.

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