The Author of Life
Third Wednesday in Advent
Isaiah 45: 6-8, 18, 21-25 Psalm 85: 9-14 Luke 7: 18-23
It is God, the designer and maker of the earth, who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in.
Isaiah 45, 18
God wants to be known. That’s the entire purpose of creation. We live in order to appreciate God’s self-expression. The earth is God’s mirror, and it is our mirror as well since we are made in God’s image. We are the daughters and sons of God and we are surrounded by God’s glory.
When we challenge ourselves to really comprehend the connection the world has with God’s glory, beauty and majesty, we can generate the attitude needed to undertake our role as steward of the earth. Knowing our own home teaches us to know God; and knowing God teaches us how to care for our home.
One thing more is needed: we have to recognize the connection between what the earth is and what life means. We can’t be puzzled and doubtful about what life is. We have to respect our lives and we have to come to respect all the different manifestations of life that surround us. Every blade of grass fulfills the will of the living God simply by living. Are we actually connecting the dots?
The impact we make on the earth is either going to demonstrate our capacity to celebrate life or testify to our misunderstanding of what life is all about. To protect our environment we have to begin by conducting ourselves as if we understood what God had in mind by giving us life. When we’re ignorant of that, it shows throughout the entire planet.
Lord, give each of us the courage needed to protect your precious creation.