This Lenten season, we are focusing on Holistic Stewardship, which is:
the good management of financial/material resources and our time, energy, and talents to care for, love, and serve our neighbors, all people, and the entire creation for the sake of God’s realm that is here, near, and not yet fulfilled (see 1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
Temple Talk (Sunday, April 7)
We conclude our “Temple Talks” on Holistic Stewardship this morning.
Again, Holistic Stewardship is the management of our financial resources, time, energy, and talents for the sake of all people, the creation, and God’s name.
We conclude with the first gift humankind was given and called to steward: the Creation.
Recently, I was speaking with a young niece who told me that they had learned about the planets at school. I asked her, “what planet is your favorite”.
She thought a moment before answering “earth”.
The reality is that our galaxy, our solar system, and our planet are quite spectacular. These are amazing gifts. The earth with its plants, animals, and resource are the responsibility of humankind to care for, to protect, to love, and to serve.
So, how are you using your resources, time, energy, and talents for the sake of all creation?
Mid-Week Service (Wednesday, April 10)
Holistic stewardship is the use of our financial resources, time, energy, and talents to care for, love, and serve our neighbors, all people, and the entire creation for the sake of God’s realm that is here, near, and not yet fulfilled.
We were created from the dust of earth, in fact “Adam” (Hebrew) can be translated as ‘earth creature’, so we are literally ‘earth creatures’.
The words “remember you are dust and to dust you shall return” begun our Lenten season. It reminds us that we were created from the earth, we were created to steward the earth, and we will all return to the earth. Thus, we are forever intimately connected to the creation.
As I stated, we are called to care for it, to tend to it, and to work it.
We are called not to exploit its resources without concern for its wellbeing and future.
We are called to limit our waste and pollution of its air, land, and water.
We are called to secure a future for all creatures, big and small, humans included.
How are you limiting your harm to the creation?
Perhaps, recycling? decreasing use of fossil fuel?
How are you promoting its health?
Perhaps, planting trees and flowers? protecting endangered and threatened animals?
May the Holy Spirit guide us into better care of our original gift from God: Creation.