So tomorrow it happens. A new report on global climate change will be released. In Paris, the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower will go out for 5 minutes to highlight the effects of energy consumption.
While there is much speculation on what will or will not be said during the day, the good news is, more and more people are concerned with the state of the environment than ever before. Thanks to real changes in weather patterns and the dramatic experience of the more than poor, people are choosing to listen to mother nature at last! Of course, Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth didn’t hurt matters. Thanks Al!
Throughout the ages, Christians have played an important role when it comes to effecting social change. While often they have been late in waking up to the issues at hand, they have still none the less chosen to engage. And while over the last century evangelical Christian theology has had little good to say about how to promote sustainability or clean energy, at last, more and more Christians are caring, acting, and calling others to be play a role in caring for the environment.
As we enter into tomorrow, i leave you with this reflection by Thomas Merton entitled, The Climate of My Prayer:
Our mentioning of the weather-our perfunctory observations on what kind of day it is-are perhaps not idle. Perhaps we have a deep and legitimate need to know in our entire being what the day is like, to see it, and feel it, to know how the sky is grey, paler in south….I have a real need to know these things because I myself am part of the weather and part of the climate and part of the place, and a day in which I have not shared truly in all of this is no day at all. It is certainly part of my life of prayer
Have you thought today about your part in the climate? Why not ake a couple of minutes now…