Pondering for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday in the Week of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2

Psalm 26, 28; Psalm 36, 39 Gen. 9:1-17; Heb. 5:7-14; John 3:16-21

“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.”  (Genesis 9: 9 – 10)

I have learned that some of the other faiths also have a flood story. That this Bible story is historically accurate is not so much my concern.  But the lesson here is that we (humans) are the caretakers of the earth and all of its diverse creatures, is what I believe God wants us to know.

This message of caretaker is one that shows up frequently in the Bible as well as in my blog. While we are not God, we have a lot of power in terms of regulating habitats and protecting various species of life, both plant and animal. 

Our spirituality should go beyond how we relate to each other.  It must be seen by God how we relate to this beautiful planet.  This goes beyond the negligent damage we cause with pollution and reckless harvesting of resources.  Yes we need to clean up our act, but more than that, we need to monitor habitats and the eco-systems around the planet to ensure both people and wildlife are in balance with a safe and healthy world.

Here is the truth that goes beyond the flood fact: God is establishing a covenant with us and our descendants after us, and with every living creature that is with us, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with us.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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