Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Joy to the World: Eleventh Day

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.

With “Joy to the world” in my heart and mind, I’m looking each of these twelve days of Christmas for the beauty and wonder in God’s world, for instances of the joy that runs through all of creation.

This is the Green Team at St. Stephen’s in Grand Island. The work we are doing is joyful and exciting, and spending an evening meeting with this group gives me great joy.

We are about to begin our second year of the GreenFaithCertification Program for houses of worship, learning and acting in the areas of environmental stewardship, environmental justice, and spirituality. We are building on a strong conservation tradition in rural Nebraska, but we are doing many new things on that foundation.

Some people look at our great environmental challenges and our overall failure to do enough to ensure a sustainable environment and despair; some simply avoid looking at any of it, denying that the challenges exist. We are doing something rather than nothing, doing what we can to lead in another direction, finding joy in one another’s support and in caring for the world we love in the name of the God we love.

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