This snippet is from Pastor Rachel’s Earth Day sermon this past Sunday.
“As followers of Christ, we too are called to participate in God’s reconciling work.
This means that we too have a relationship with creation, we too have a
responsibility to love and care for and embrace all that God has made. In his book,
Coming Home to Earth, my father, Mark Brocker, writes that we tend to take care
of things that are important to us. He encourages us to spend time enjoying
creation and finding our deep connectedness with all that is around us. In this way
we grow to love the earth on which we are privileged to live. This love of creation
helps us understand the nature of our relationship with the earth and God and leads
us to toward a sense of responsibility in how we engage with natural resources,
plants, animals, the sky, and all the wonders of this planet.
“In a time in which so much of what is beyond ourselves and our homes causes us
pain and trepidation, remembering that, just outside our windows, God is revealing
God’s self to us in the beauty of creation can be a great comfort. The coronavirus
hasn’t stopped the birds from singing or the rhododendrons from blooming. The
mighty waves of the ocean continue to roll in, even though we can’t go see them right now.
“The delicious fruits of spring still grow, feeding our bodies that we hope
to keep healthy. There is no virus or crisis that can keep us from the revelation of
God’s goodness and love.”