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This week, we sang with the Psalmist in celebration of God's good world. Not only for celebration itself, nor merely for gratitude that the earth supplies resources, but because this expression shapes our relationship with the Earth. How can we care for that which we do not love, a planet over which we do not marvel, and for which we offer no celebration and gratitude? Psalm 104 aims to shape our relatedness to the soil.
This week we considered how in this psalm, people are placed in a healthy relationship with the Earth. Rather than arguing that humans have dominion over the earth, this Psalm places humanity within the experience of nature as an integral part of nature. This posture of people as a part of nature and the Earth leads us to a sustainable lifestyle in which we respect the Earth and strive to protect it from harm.
These thoughts of respecting Earth and nature led us to consider the wonder that nature instills in us. Throughout this Psalm, the beautiful imagery of trees, grass, flowers, and animals all invoke an awe of nature, which the psalmist translates into an awe of God and the divine. We considered how people cannot control the forces nature, but we innately reflect on its beauty and helpfulness to us; the psalmist relates this feeling to how humans can experience the divine. We reflected on how the Earth is a sacred experience, and its beauty and power both inspires humanity and puts us back into our places as those who can't control everything.
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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