Scripture: Genesis 1:14-19
On the fourth day of creation God created the sun, moon and stars. With that act, God also created our means of tracking days, staying warm and feeling a sense of wonder when we look at the night sky. In most early cultures the sun, moon and stars were worshiped. They were given names, festivals and sacrifices. But the book of Genesis points to a different truth – that God created and controls the lights in the sky and that those lights do not control us, at least not in the way early cultures understood them. They still play a huge role in our lives. The moon controls the tides, the stars help us navigate and understand the vastness of the galaxy and the sun warms our planet and causes things to grow…by God’s design.
In our day to day lives it is easy to believe that we are no longer as dependent on those heavenly bodies, and therefore less dependent on their creator. Electricity has reduced our need to pattern our days on the sun and moon’s movements. It has also in some ways pulled our eyes from the wonder of the heavens by giving us flashing screens and new worlds to contemplate on our phones, TV’s, tablets and computers. We are less likely to “consider the heavens” as Psalm 8 suggests that we do. We are less likely to remember the glory of the God that created us, created the galaxy – and who called it good. If you have time this week, read through Psalm 8 and take a walk outside in sunshine and look up at the starry night sky. Let the heavens remind you of God’s love and care.
Suggested action: During this week, try to eliminate as much electricity from your life as possible. Light only the area in a room that you need for your activities, and only the room that you are in. Try a week with no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, television, or Youtube cat videos…instead try candlelit dinners, use your phone only at a set time each day, use a drying rack instead of your dryer, unplug appliances when not in use, and turn off lights when not in the room. Instead of TV or social media, take a walk, play a board game with a housemate or family member, have a virtual “coffee time” with a friend on the phone, read a book, plant something, or start a new hobby.
Suggested film: “To the Ends of the Earth” (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/endsofearthfilm) and “The Future of Energy: Lateral Power of the People” (Amazon Prime)
Action suggestions are from: “A Fast for the Earth: Lent 2021 a resource created by The Bishop’s Committee on Creation Care Diocese of Toronto”
All film suggestions form from the PBS Independent Lens blog “Earthy Day Watch list: 17 Films About Sustainability and Climate Change” (with the exception of “Chasing Ice” and “Black Fish” which are from other sources). All the listed movies offered as suggestions by CEF as starting points for discussion around sustainability and stewardship. https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/earth-day-watch-list-17-new-films-about-sustainability-climate-change/
Image: Edvard Munch, “The Sun”