Commissioned to care
Genesis 1.26-28, 2.15
(New Revised Standard Version)
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
As it says in Genesis “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” And when we read man, those of us who are women are included. Although to be honest, I quite like just watching my husband take care of our little bit of Eden!!
The Bible tells us that all of us, female and male, are made in God’s image, and we have a duty for care for the world in which God has placed us. It interesting that it appears that during lockdown things did improve for our natural environment, not so much because of how much we were doing for it, rather that we were not trampling all over it.
Maybe that is the best way to care? Just an interesting aside, maybe sometimes we are called to do less in many areas of our lives? Perhaps do less, but do it well. It certainly appeared that it was good for our world when we were travelling less.
The trouble as we get back to “normal” is that it would be easy for us to lose the benefits that came from that period of time, probably not just about the environment. Are there things that you learnt in lockdown that if you are not careful you are already in danger of losing? The thing is we do need to get back to work, we need to be able to see people, but it can’t be at the expense of destroying God’s creation.
There are lots of ways to care for our world, and many of you will be doing them already. At the end of this reflection you can see an article entitled “50 easy ways to care for creation”, but you will also see a Facebook post from the Council encouraging us to help tidy up our communities in Wigan. Maybe, some of you might feel called to be part of that (follow this link for more information). It’s a great way to show our love for the Town.
And we do it because we are made in the image of God, who calls us to care for His world. Let me finish with the following prayer:
Almighty God,(The World is our Host 2015)
you created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them;
you created humankind in your own image and it was very good;
grant us the courage to recognise our failure to maintain your creation.
By your grace help us to halt the degradation of our environment.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who came that all may have life in all its fullness. Amen.
Associate Hub Leader
(Town Centre Hub)