April 22, 2018?

An Earth Day question of response-ability

‘Twas in that beginning (that was before the beginning
of time’s counting),
formless darkness
covering the hallowed hollowness
of the deep,
when the ruach, the voice of God blew, spake,(1)
calling into good-being

(presaging the sounding-trumpet to come
summoning olden dead to new life)(2)

earth and sea, seed, plant and flower,
sun and moon and stars,
creatures of earth, sea, and air,
humankind, formed in the grace of loving-kindness in God’s likeness,(3)

then, on day 7, resting
from this chiefest labor of creating.(4)

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,(5)
I ponder whyhow is it
(of all things that, for me, echo the emptiness of senselessness)
that You, by Your breath, call all things into being,
yet, now, and for long-afore in time’s counting,
all things, e’en humankind, the height of Your making, respond not
to Your Word
to care for Your World?


(1) My paraphrase of Genesis 1.1-2 (In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters).
(2) My reference to the Apostle Paul’s proclamation of the resurrection of the dead through Jesus Christ: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15.52). As a Christian, I behold a wondrous and unmistakable connection between the story of first Creation and the end-time resurrection of the dead.
(3) My summation of the Creation Story (Genesis 1.3-31).
(4) My summation of Genesis 2.1-3.
(5) The opening words of the hymn, How Great Thou Art

2 thoughts on “April 22, 2018?

  1. This is most beautiful Paul!!!
    I’m so worried about the earth and how we treat it. I wonder what it will be like when my granddaughter gets older! A scary thought given how many steps we’ve gone backwards with this Administration.

    Keep praying this prayer, maybe our Blessed and Beautiful Earth will have a chance.

    Much love!


  2. Loretta, a friend posted a succinct and, for me, poignant message concerning Earth Day: Rather than give the Earth a present, let’s give the Earth a future. And the photo he used for the latter phrase was his placing a globe of the earth into the hands of his grandchild. Your mention of Kendal stirs this image powerfully in my mind and heart, soul and spirit.

    Love you


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