Of course for us here on the farm every day is Earth Day, but it is nice to have that one day a year when everyone thinks about the wonderful gift our earth is. This year it’s on April 16, so we thought in leading up to the day of celebration we’d give some insight into the day & caring for the earth from a Christian perspective.
From Genesis, when we learn of the creation of this beautiful planet through today, every time we worship we are reminded of the present our Lord made to us in all things.
The New Testament also reminds us that God created all things & not just on this earth. From 1 Corinthians:
11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman. 12 For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God.
As we look around our fields, at the flowers, at the animals beginning their Spring activities, at the mountains & the sky & even the dirt below our feet, we know that all of this comes from out loving God who has given us all that we need.
2 Chronicles tells us this of King Uzziah:
10 He built towers in the wilderness and hewed out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
We know what it is to love the soil, for in doing so we are loving God at the most basic level of his creation. Remember that he chose to make Adam from the most lowly of substances, for such is the power of the Lord, that he can take the most base materials & raise them to the pinnacle of existence.
So, let every day be Earth Day, in your heart, in your practices as you tread lightly upon the planet & in your prayers of gratitude.