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By MARGIE ADAMS
“The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it …” Psalms 24:1
There is so much beauty and bounty around us — God’s creation delights us. Through God’s handiwork we come to know our Creator better.
“Creation is a gift,” writes Pope Francis, “it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”
We live in a world of abundance, don’t we? If I need or want something, I simply go shopping. There is so much we can easily obtain and acquire.
If I am hungry, I have the riches of the earth produced by human hands. If I need clothing, someone has sewn them. If I need shelter, the earth has given us forests and bricks.
I grew up in New York City, a city of concrete and asphalt. For green space, we had a park nearby and a small backyard where we grew flowers.
It was our haven away from the cars and parking lots, high buildings and highways. I had little access to the vistas — the open landscapes to see the beauty of the earth.
As a child, my limited awareness made me naive about how and where my food was grown.
When I began living in the Pacific Northwest — God’s creation took my breath away!
What about Jesus’ relationship with creation?
Rev. Fletcher Harper writes: “We find that Jesus values it (nature) as the place where he goes to commune with God. He chooses it as the place where he reveals the most important things to his closest friends. This closeness with creation, and this respect for its importance, is the reason Jesus saves and redeems it … a loving relationship — with people, and with the entire universe. … There’s no denying that for Jesus — as for many people — the natural world is a place where God is revealed.”
Our Creator, who loves us and cares for us, is revealed in this abundance. God created this abundance and the growing seasons and entrusted it to us.
Our relationship to God’s creation is so entwined, so connected. We are fed, clothed, sheltered and refreshed by God’s gifts. Each time we enjoy a salmon filet or a yummy salad we are one with the world.
As you drive home from work or doing errands, why not park near the dock for a while. Enjoy the wind, the water and the fresh air.
I’m looking forward to the sunny (and not so sunny) days this Southeast summer will bring. Ah! God is good!
Margie Adams is staff chaplain of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.