“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures…When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” vss. 24, 30
Through billions of years the hand of our imaginative and inventive creator has been molding and sustaining the amazing variety of stars, galaxies, black holes, and dark matter that provide the backdrop for our existence on the planet we call home. For companions we have a stunning array of creatures both great and small that fill our lives with delight and joy. Like us, all of them have been given the breath of life by the spirit of God, and together we are the benefactors of God’s goodness. Together we have a stake in the future of this planet. Humans through the millennia have come to occupy a dominating position among God’s creatures and some even believe themselves to be the masters of the universe. Instead of seeing ourselves as caretakers, we’ve tended to exploit the riches of the earth and pillage its natural resources. Many species, given life by the spirit of God, face the prospect of extinction because of our relentless pursuit of power and wealth. We forget that all creatures have value in the eyes of the Creator, and that there is a place for us all in the economy of the creation. Unless we remember that our calling is to be caretakers, many inhabitants of our world, including humans, face an uncertain future.
Thought for the Day: Why are humans reluctant to protect the environment?