Tomorrow the ecology club at the elementary school is sponsoring a zero-waste lunch day, which means that there should not be any container that cannot be recycled or reused. It’s a small thing indeed but for these kids who are in this club it is big…and quite serious.
If only more adults had the same kind of conviction that these kids have when they are thinking about our environment. I am appalled at the amount of people who still don’t recycle. I have a physical reaction to things being thrown out when they could be composted or recycled or somehow reused…and I recognize that I can be a bit militant about it at times. But our earth is so precious and we are so arrogant in our approach to how it should serve us. I have had good Christians “remind” me (in the “need I remind you” kind of way) that God gave man dominion over the earth so in other words we can do what we want to it. I am so disturbed by this perspective. God also gave us responsibility in the form of good stewardship…and I am pretty sure we have screwed it up handily. I pray for a day when our humility takes over. I pray for a day when we see everything around us as a gift. For a day when we are able to get over ourselves and accept that we are only one part of God’s creation. Matthew tells us that God looks after the sparrow intently, why then would we think that all of creation is not loved with a deeper purpose? So today that is my prayer; that God open our eyes to the sanctity of all creation. That he open our hearts to the love he placed in all of his world.