Happy Tuesday. I am praying this morning that God’s Spirit speaks to yours today and meets you, perhaps, where you least expect it.
Last Sunday was the first of 2016. 2016! It’s a new year and the world is fresh in many ways, as God’s love for the world is new every morning.
Many of us make resolutions for the New Year (feel free to share yours with me!), but over the weekend we considered what God’s resolutions were for creation.
It might be curious to think of God striving to accomplish something, but our Scriptures paint a picture of God that is a little surprising: God has plans for creation and God’s Spirit does work to see them accomplished.
Eight days ago, armed Americans stormed a federal building that headquartered the Malheur Natural Wildlife Refuge. The federal government is currently seeking to bring a peaceful end to the situation, but the armed group has threatened use of violence against any that would try to reclaim the public lands.
As we pointed out from the pulpit, there is a garbage patch in the Pacific ocean the size of Texas. A concentration of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris have gathered into what humanity now calls the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
So this week — examine your life, your whole life and see how you might become a “gatherer.” Consider how you might unite this world with the love of its God.
And consider these few suggestions, culled from the children’s sermon, to get you started.
1. Take something that has been discarded, some form of matter that others have deemed “trash” and redeem it – turn it into something useful, beautiful and/or meaningful.
2. Let someone know what you appreciate about them. Send a message or talk with them and simply inform them that “I appreciate _____ about you.” Begin gathering others into Love by sharing it.
3. Show God’s love to an animal. All things are being united in the love of God – that includes, well everything, even our furry friends. Play with a pet or whistle to a bird and reconnect with the world you were destined to garden.
And though these actions seem small, that “trash” you redeem will spend one more day outside of the Great Pacific Pile of human avoidance. That person you speak love into might turn away from an action which would otherwise cause further disunity.
But more than anything, by doing these you will participate in the work of God, alongside God.
And I can’t think of a better way to unite than that.
Your Fellow Gatherer,
Elk Grove Congregational Church