Scripture for Earth Sunday, April 21

Psalm 19
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

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One Response to Scripture for Earth Sunday, April 21

  1. Hazel Lutz says:

    I am really, really getting tired of hearing people complain about the weather. In my experience every single day of weather, in all it’s varieties, is quite astonishing and beautiful. There is always something wonderful to see, some new detail of plant or land conformation or air or tone of light. (I realize that people living in the city are hampered in recognizing this, since so much of the human-made environment intervenes between them and the natural world.) I feel that this psalm echoes my experience of nature and the weather.
    Early spring in Minnesota is revealed by the brighter, whiter light that shows through all but the most dense cloud cover. And on those dense cloud days we get to see snow or rain. Maybe even freezing rain, making brilliant icicles by the thousands on every tree and bush branch. The days are longer, too. The grass turns green and peeks out through the heavy wet March and April snows. If the snow is too thick for the grass and waking dandelions, it means it’s time to build a snowman. Lift away the melting snow in the right place and you will find snow drops in bloom! Spring colors begin to reveal themselves in the simple pure crayola colors of reddening red-twig dogwood and the yellow of thickening weeping willow buds. Drive home between hibernating cornfields during a snow storm and enjoy the modern art of the dark lines of intersecting roads, telephone lines, and leafless trees floating on the seamless white canvas of sky and snow fields. Turnoff the car radio and hear how quietly the car rides on snow-covered roads. The car engine noise is muffled by the snow, joining the wind’s call bringing it up to a louder roar. After the storm, if the moon is full, the road straight and empty of cars, open you window and turn off the headlights for a bit. Listen to the snow’s silence. Later after all the snow has melted, but well before the trees leaf out, take a walk in the woods to find the scallope-eged leaves of blood root poking their way up through the browned leaves of fall lying on the forest floor. They are furled and masquerade as just more browned leaves, opening day by day to beautiful shapes, still trying to hide in their dull green color, until they finally reveal their brilliant white flowers. You have to get intimate with nature to appreciate early spring in Minnesota. It takes patience and attention to detail to appreciate all the glories of God’s creation in every season.
    May we all be more patient so that God’s creation can endure the stresses of our human presence.

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