Friday, November 2, 2012

my prayers shared space with ecological justice... again

My prayers this morning shared space with ecological justice... again. Reading more and more stories of rising water levels, warmer ocean temperatures, changing jet-stream patterns bringing drought or floods --not just evident in the Last Great Storm, but being suffered by folks,   --mostly the poor, mostly indigenous around the globe.... --and another....

And watching the Frontline documentary on PBS, Climate of Doubt,  on global warning, and how the "alternative" point of view was promoted, used as a political weapon --to miseducate and further fear and ignorance --saying that CO2 is a good thing.... well, CO2 is like fat.... we all need it, but it will kill you if in abundance....

BUT --I went to the kitchen window to retrieve a mug, and saw that folks were already lining up outside to prepare for the Bazaar --and so, my prayer time and pondering this morning have been necessarily diverted....

I will take a quilt and two pillows over for a raffle....

At prayer this morning (from Luke 12)

He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

God help the ravens and lilies of the fields --if we destroy life on this planet, our own lives are in jeopardy... because we are one, and when they suffer, we suffer....

There we are.
Amen.