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A God-Filled World

Today’s Reflection

[SAINT] FRANCIS REMINDS us that divinity resides in every creature. We can see beauty in every face and honor life in all its forms. Centuries later, Albert Schweitzer described this attitude in terms of reverence for life. Seeing the holiness in creation challenges us to claim our role as planetary healers through a simpler lifestyle, protection of endangered species and wilderness lands, and advocacy for policies that respond to global climate change. We can celebrate life by living more simply. We can prayerfully consider our patterns of consumption and discover how our local community can respond to global climate change. Life is beautiful, and God calls us as partners in healing the planet, locally and globally.

—Bruce G. Epperly, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-Filled World (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

Name something you can do to better care for the environment. Does seeing the holiness in everything motivate you to help heal the environment?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
—1 John 4:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling September 9, 2019, 5:22 am

    I recycle my jeans and t shirts. Made them into bags. I also use public transport although I have a driving license and can afford to buy a car.

    Blessings!

  • Julie September 9, 2019, 8:39 am

    I am without power and hence internet.
    So using my phone with no separate keyboard.
    Prayers UR family

    • Bj September 9, 2019, 8:58 am

      Good morning UR family! Julie, I love your contentment. It is like a blind man can’t see, but can walk. God made a way for you this blessed day. No power and internet, but you were still able to post some. Mary, I am wondering what king of bags you make with old clothes.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling September 9, 2019, 9:13 am

        It’s the no sew kind I learned from utube quite a few ways ago. You just cut away the sleeves of the t shirt. The bottom of it, you can cut strips and tie them two by two. I use them at home to organize my stuff.

        • Bj September 9, 2019, 9:28 am

          Thanks, Mary! Nice idea.

          • Mary Ng Shwu Ling September 17, 2019, 2:34 am

            You are most welcome, Bj!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling September 9, 2019, 8:59 am

      Julie, may your electricity be restored soon.

      Keeping you in prayer.

  • Julie September 9, 2019, 11:19 am

    Thank you Mary for your prayers. When I said prayers UR I meant I am praying for you.
    BJ, I felt sorry for myself for about a second then I thought of the people in the Bahamas. I am so fortunate to have a roof over my head and all my family safe. I know that electrity will return soon and it did. I still have no internet or tv. But so many do not know when electricity will be restored or when they will have shelter or food. I pray for them.

  • Jill September 10, 2019, 4:08 am

    I probably don’t think about the environment as much as I should. But, I try to do my part with recycling, both at home and at school. Try to be mindful of not being wasteful. Yes, Julie, certainly when we can see the devastation following natural disasters – we have a heightened awareness and appreciation.
    This makes me think about the part of Psalm 62…v. 9 – “Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.” The wind blows where it may (also from the Bible, I think…) – we are all vulnerable, no matter our social status – and we need to cling to what is imperishable – Our Mighty God, Our Refuge.
    April – thank you for your thoughtful post from a few days ago.

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