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Friday, July 11, 2014
This Beautiful Earth—Carolyn R. Wilker
this time of year, when the garden is growing and flowers around my yard are
blooming, it’s easy to appreciate beauty. I take photos at various times in the season
when one kind of plant succeeds another. And seeing other gardens and natural
areas to adds to the enjoyment of creation.
Folliot Sandford Pierpoint might have
been a gardener too, or at least an appreciator of nature for he wrote
extensively about it.
born in 1835 in Bath, was both a well-educated man and prolific in song
writing, particularly for the church. He wrote the hymn, “For the Beauty of the
Earth,” in 1869 (melody by Conrad Kocher). Only one of the many hymns he wrote,
this one has appeared in as many as 483 hymnbooks.
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.
the refrain has changed over time, the essence of the verses offer praise to God for
his creation, but also for his gifts to us, including Jesus’ sacrifice.
Yet it seems that not all appreciate the
earth or feel the need to care for it. I feel sad when I walk through an
otherwise beautiful park and see garbage lying around, cigarette butts ground
out or just tossed on the walkways, as well as fast food packaging seemingly
dropped in place. Sometimes public garbage
cans are so overfilled during a big event that workers cannot keep up with it,
and then a strong breeze lifts some of the items out of the trash can and
spreads it around. We cannot blame the wind; it was meant to blow and cool us.
Maybe you hear a lecture coming on about
taking the garbage home or making sure you’re not overfilling a can. No, not
exactly, but there would be nothing wrong with doing either.
again, what is all in that can?
can you do to be a good caretaker? Many people are already concerned and
acting, yet a refresher is often a good thing. This list presents a small
number of the things you (and I) can do:
·Follow guidelines on recycle programs
and reduce garbage at the curb each week
·Purchase only what you need, and
whenever possible, with the least amount of packaging.
·Make reusable lunch bags and water bottles
a priority whenever possible
·Put garbage in a can provided or take it
with you to dispose of later
·Dispose of paints and other potentially
harmful substances at appropriate sites
·Be mindful of waterways and refrain from
dumping garbage there; fish and water creatures need clean water too.
·Car pool when possible
·Keep car well-tuned so it runs more
·Limit idling time
so much beauty and goodness, and we must be mindful of the earth. We’ve been
put here to look after it. (Genesis 2:15) We are the earth’s keepers and we can
do our part to keep it beautiful. Let’s echo the hymn writer who speaks of “the
beauty of the earth and glory of the skies.”