The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. Psalms 115:16
I am a huge fan of Wendell Berry. His stories and his poems celebrate the gifts that God has given to us…especially this world wherein we make our lives. Berry’s stories are a cautionary tale about caring for our earthly home and when he speaks in public, he is cautiously optimistic that there is a shift in how younger generations are starting to view this land. I love to hear his optimism but I also listen to his warnings. He truly cares about this world.
I mourn for the fact that we can’t seem to care for this gift. I mourn that greed and apathy rule such a wonderful place where we live, grow food, raise animals, and farm. Our Garden of Eden is not as God planned but it is never too late to make a change.
Already I see young families starting backyard gardens, recycling is increasing and the organic market is growing exponentially with the increasing population of millennials. Fast food is losing ground with a new generation. I hope it continues. It behooves us to remind the coming generations to take better care of our planet than we have done.
The good news – God takes care of the heavens. Heaven will make this earth pale in comparison and we will gasp at its glory. I look forward to that.