Thought for the Day by Elizabeth Pearson (St Chad’s)
GENESIS 1:24-31, JEREMIAH 12:1-17
Our two readings today relate creation and heritage, as this autumn is a great time to be thankful for the earth’s bounty and beauty around us. Farmers and growers (and those of us who are gardeners) begin to gather seasonal produce of delicious fruits, nuts, flowers, berries, vegetables, grains and crops, amidst the ongoing challenges of climate change.
As Christians, we all have an important role as caretakers of God’s kingdom including all its creatures and the natural environment. We are stewards and protectors of every living thing.
With the current pandemic, it is ever more important to reconsider a more holistic approach to caring for ourselves, for each other, and for the environment. We can take a walk in nature, listen to the birds, look at the stars at night, or use our hands to work our gardens; it is easy to get in touch with nature and feel the benefit to our health and wellbeing.
Can we be more compassionate to ourselves, each other, and the planet in small ways, to ensure a more sustainable future for our children? Can we find greater harmony and unify ourselves with nature and those around us, and feel God is closer to us?
All life is equally valuable, and we should honour it – Psalm 24 reminds us that ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?’
With the ongoing mass movements of asylum seekers; the fallout from climate change, persecution, and hunger around the world, how can we all play our part in building a more compassionate, fairer, and caring society in Leeds? Jesus himself was exiled and born in a stable because there was no room at the inn, as Mary and Joseph had to return to Bethlehem to be taxed and start a new life.
The following link joins Mary & Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem: