The goodness of creation is all around us all the time. As a southerner, most of my outdoor adventures take place in the summer. When the weather turns colder, me and my southern self tends to retreat indoors. But even in the dead of winter, I can appreciate the beauty of the Connecticut River—just from the comfort of my car! Every time I glimpse the river from the road or cross it on a bridge, I try to say a quick prayer of thanksgiving. That has been a wonderful discipline for cultivating spiritual awareness.
On a more sobering note, September was often strangely and uncomfortably hot. And I was keenly aware of the storm Florence, which effected several people I know and care about. I gather that coastal areas are gearing up for what is predicted to be a difficult hurricane season. The climate is clearly getting warmer and weirder as growing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere upset delicate natural balances.
The problem of global climate change is daunting and can feel overwhelming. But I am proud that we at Saint David’s are doing our best to be responsible stewards of creation. In the last few years, we have made several energy-saving improvements. We have shifted to LED lightbulbs throughout the Church. We installed an on-demand water heater. We have begun turning off the pilot lights in our kitchen stove in the summer—if you don’t spend much time in the kitchen, you’d be amazed how much heat they put out! And we are working on becoming the first Church in our diocese to install solar panels.
The Church commemorates Saint Francis on October 4. We will have a Francis-themed service next Sunday. But for now, I simply pause for a moment to give thanks to God for the wonder and beauty of creation. And I pray that we can be responsible stewards of it.