04 March: Revd Caroline Throup

Happy are you who sow beside all waters, who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.

Isaiah 32:20



A reflection from Revd Caroline Throup – St Bartholomew and St Ann Wilmslow


 

This short verse has us picturing both waters and animals - two important elements of God’s glorious creation. It also speaks of sowing, a means of human interaction in creation throughout history. The verse ends a longer section addressing the future peace of God’s reign, reminding us that the whole of creation, and our place in it, is part of God’s reign. When all is in harmony, God’s peace rules.

Perhaps this is why so much in creation is a gift to us? I like nothing better than to be on, or beside, water - anything from a garden pond to crashing waves along the coast. Others might find creation’s blessing is in sowing and watching things grow, while others again are happiest with their favourite animals around them.

The diversity of the natural beauty across our planet is staggering. But, sadly, so too is the extent of the damage human beings have wrought on God’s glorious creation.

Take a moment to think about how you interact with the natural world:

Where do I find God’s peace in creation?

What can I do to make a difference where the damage has been done?

A prayer

Dear Lord,

Help me always to appreciate the beauty and variety of your creation, and to play my part in protecting the waters, the land, and the wildlife around me.

Amen.

Revd Caroline Throup,
St Bartholomew and St Ann Wilmslow

 


 

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