Sheila Denton –
In honor of Earth Day (Wednesday April 22) our worship this Sunday is dedicated to Creation Care, and specifically water; looking at how water flows through our scriptural narrative, honoring the flow of the rivers and oceans of the natural world (including inside our bodies), and owning our responsibility as stewards of the precious gift of water, particularly in these days of water scarcity.
Today, you are invited to pour yourself a tall glass of life-sustaining water. Before you drink it, pause for a moment. Reflect upon the primacy of water in your own life – all that water makes possible, all the ways that water brings us health and enjoyment, and all that water does to enable life everywhere on the planet. Then, go ahead and savor that glass of water, conscious that you are partaking in a glorious and fundamental gift, thanks be to God!
“God makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. God waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. God makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth.” (Psalm 104:10-14)