God So Loves the Earth

Crescent earth from Apollo 4This earth, this world that God loves so much, is beautiful and broken.

I have been asking God to show me ways I can participate in healing our planet. As I read and listen for God’s direction, I begin to see small steps I can take that will help shift our collective future.

One simple practice is eating mindfully. I regularly give thanks for the food I eat without giving much thought to how it connects me to God, others and creation. But Thich Nhat Hanh in The World We Have explains,

“When we eat mindfully, we’re in close touch with the food. The food we eat comes to us from nature, from living beings, and from the cosmos. To touch it with our mindfulness is to show our gratitude. Eating in mindfulness can be a great joy. . . The food we eat can reveal the interconnectedness of the universe, the Earth, all living beings, and ourselves. Each bite of vegetable, each drop of soy sauce, each piece of tofu contains the life of the sun and of the Earth. We can see and taste the whole universe in a piece of bread! We can see the meaning and value of life in those precious morsels of food.”

bread Evgeni Zotov

When we see and taste the value of life, we want to cherish and protect it.

Another practice that enables us to value life is the Ignatian Prayer of Examen. Here is a version of the Examen that can help us enjoy and care for the earth God loves.

  • All creation reflects the beauty and blessing of God’s image.
    Where was I most aware of this today?
  • Can I identify and pin-point how I made a conscious effort to care for God’s creation during this day?
  • What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation?
  • How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of superiority?
  • As I imagine tomorrow, I ask for the grace to see the Incarnate Christ in the dynamic interconnections of all Creation.

Wheat FarbenfroheWunderwelt

On this Earth Day
and be blessed by
the holy ground beneath us
the heavenly sky above us
the beloved ones beside us

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Love Mischief for the World

A rocha logo

A Rocha International has been helping people world-wide to respond to the biblical mandate to care for creation. Their vision is “for the transformation of people and places by showing God’s love for all creation.” A Rocha communities offer live-in educational internships as well as educational resources, events and volunteer opportunities to help individuals, families, groups and churches live more sustainably and lovingly with the earth and her diverse inhabitants. To A Rocha love mischief with God means “inspiring hope and caring for creation.”

What love mischief are you and God doing to care for the earth?
 Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and references:
“Crescent Earth from Apollo 4” by Jason Major. Used with permission.
“Bread” by Evgeni Zotov. (Photo of the father of the bride at a wedding in Bartang Valley, Tajikistan) Used with permission.
The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2008.
Ecological Examen by Joseph Carver, SJ
“Wheat” by FarbenfroheWunderwelt. Used with permission
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2016.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014, 2015.2016.  http://www.estherhizsa.com

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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