God Declares it Good
In the midst of Covid, drought, fires, shootings and war - not to mention inflation, civil unrest, racism, homophobia – and all of the other overwhelming challenges we face, let’s stop. Take a step back. Breathe. Remember the very first message we receive in our Scriptures: God saw all that God made and declared it good.
I don’t know about you, but I need to return to that vision of creation now more than ever. I need to be steeped in the beauty, the wonder, the miracle of every day that surrounds me. As Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si: we are nature, we are the very creation of God, one with the trees, the eagle and the sparrow, the twinkling stars and the pollinating bumblebee.
Often when I walk I see the trees spread out around me. Last week I saw a tree, a single leafy glorious tree. I’m not a tree hugger (bugs and scratchy bark just don’t appeal), but I am learning to be a tree lover. And when I see one tree, I can cherish it. Then I treasure each blade of grass, each beak of each bird and each singular person I encounter.
Learn to love each one, then learn to love it all. There is dignity and worth in every drop of water, every human heart. They are intertwined, interdependent, related in ways we recognize and those that escape our notice.
Stop. Take a step back. Breathe. See that it is good. Then the choices we make about all of the overwhelming challenges we face are grounded in love of creation and love of the God who is Creator. We can’t go wrong when we deeply love the One who births all things into being. This is She who first loved us, who always love us, who calls us to become Love.