Posted by Moira Ahearne Parkinson

Welcome to Mid-Week E-Lift —
a Message in the Midst of a Busy Week

“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both ” Proverbs 20:12

Richie Havens  “Open Our Eyes”

This past Monday, on Earth Day, Folk singer Richie Havens passed away.  He had a long, illustrious career, he covered a number of hits, and a few of his own, and was probably best known for being the opening act for Woodstock, because the original band was stuck in traffic.

Havens was committed to ecological education and healing the earth. He established the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum on City Island in the Bronx. He later created the Natural Guard, an environmental organization for children, to use hands-on methods to teach about the environment.  We are reminded that the task of caring for creation and being held accountable for its problems falls on our shoulders. Isaiah (24:4-6)  speaks boldly about the treatment of the earth and is is close to 2, 500 years ago! “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth….”

God has given us a hearing ear, and a seeing eye (Prv 20:12).  So what does this mean?  God gives us the ability to see things as God intended them to be — not as humanity has defiled them.  We can discern the facts, the laws God has laid down. How we street each other, and the stranger in our midst.  How we result to the hungry in the world.  How we involve ourselves in conversation issues.  Last Saturday we participated in a clean up of the Udalls Park Preserve,in Little Neck-Douglaston in Queens.  I soon had my hefty garbage bag filled with water bottles, beer cans, and other liqueur containers in a matter about 1/2 hour.  They didn’t get there on their own,  People failed to be responsible for themselves and care for the earth God has created for us.   It convicts me how I need to do better recycling, getting away from plastic bags,  and the other ways we can each conserve. This is as much as spiritual discipline as not polluting the air with foul or angry speech.

I sometimes like to imagine of the pictures of “God’s eye” that astronomers have captured from space as creation looking upon us, observing us, coaxing up to awaken to the beauty of creation that God has made.   Psalm 24:1 reminds us that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”  So the scriptures open our eyes that we are to take care of the earth as we take care of each other. That is God’s will for creation.  As we reflect on the beauty of the cosmos , let it open our eyes to see the beauty around us and in us. May such a sight  of wonder open our eyes. Giving thanks to God, let us do our share in building communities of love and tolerance, taking care of each other and our good earth for the glory and honor of God.

Tips for Environmentally Friendly Living

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The best way to save the earth is to change the way you live, and encourage others to do so as well. Some simply strategies include:
* Recycle as much as you can
*Reuse whatever you can
*Reduce your energy usage
*Buy locally made goods
*Buy clothing and other household items used
*Ideally, grow your own food
*Turn out your lights when you don’t need them, and replace light bulbs with low-energy bulbs
*Cut down on watering your lawn — plant native plants that don’t need to be watered
*Reduce air conditioner/heater usage
*Cut down on driving — carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible
*Get active in the community! Encourage others to make these changes and start working towards a better, more sustainable world.
* When not using electronics unplug them.

PRAY:  ” God we thank you for the beautiful world you have give to us, and the gift of companionship which enriches our loves. Grant us your vision so we might work to heal broken relationships and repent of the ways we have marred your handiwork around us. “