April 19

Today's quotation:

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth,
and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts,
the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

Jimmy Carter

Today's Meditation:

I'm afraid that since Jimmy spoke these words, the concept of honoring nature's gifts has taken quite a beating, especially here in America.  We've gone from being more ecology-minded to driving Humvees and SUV's, putting more and more pollution in the air than we would if we drove cars that got good mileage, and in the meantime killing millions more trees than would have died otherwise, putting tons more pollutants in the air than we would have otherwise, and using up more fossil fuels than we would have otherwise.

And that's just what we're doing with fossil fuels.  Plastics?  Waste?  Landfills?  In the very large picture, there's little evidence that we're honoring anything at all that God has given us through his gift of nature.

That said, how can I make a difference?  Of course, the only difference that I truly can make is in what I do personally, and I can hope that others see the model and respond well to it, that there's some sort of ripple effect caused by my actions.  It's not healthy or helpful for me to worry about what other people are doing when I have no control over their actions; I can only do and be what and who I feel called to do and be.

If peace and love can prevail on the earth, they will do so in the small ways--ways that can come from you.  We'll teach our children to honor the gifts of nature through our examples--and that's an example that you can set, if you but choose to do so.

Questions to consider:

In which ways might you set an example of honoring nature?

How might you contribute to love and peace prevailing on the earth?

Can you name some of the joys and beauties of the outdoors?
For further thought:

With nature's help, humankind can set into creation all that
is necessary and life sustaining.  Everything in nature, the sum
total of heaven and of earth, becomes a temple
and an altar for the service of God.

Hildegard of Bingen


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