november 23, 2013

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies;
Christ our God, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light;
Christ our God, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

These are the first two stanzas from the Pierpont hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” based on the chorale by Kocher.

As Wayland focuses on Creation Care and environmental stewardship it is appropriate to remember the beauty of creation. The works of creation declare God’s authority and presence. We have been given an incredible trust as stewards of this world. Our care of creation reflects our relationship to God as this was one of mankind’s first responsibilities (Genesis 1-2) Creation Care can become a vibrant part of our declaration of the good news of Christ.

Paul writes in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” The Psalmist pens in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Job states, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know,” in response to the wonders of God’s creative acts. (Job 42:3)

Take time as we enter the holiday season to consider the wonders of creation. If possible, be alone with God in the midst of nature and reflects on His care and provision. Give thanks and live thankfully as we care for creation together.

Blessings,

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance