Receive with Gratitude

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31).

Isn’t this so true? The goodness, very goodness, of our amazing world surrounds us. Pause for a minute and look. Listen. Touch. Taste. Drink. Inhale. Receive.

The natural resources, the abundant beauty, the stunning ongoing miracles uncovered by science, the rich diversity of plant and animal life: the myriad of good, very good, gifts from God surround us. Embrace us. Invite us. Bless us.

receive with gratitudeThis is wherebeing green begins for me, and for each of us who follow after our Lord:Seeing this wild and amazing world, the very life in our bones, as God’s good–very good–gift to us. And then receiving these gifts with profound gratitude and humility!

It is God who made us, and not we ourselves. It is God who made us and we are his.

And it is God who made the rocks and trees and skies and seas – God’s hands the wonder wrought.

And it is God who made tree frogs and humming bees, the mitochondria in our cells and the flaming stars flung across the heavens, the mighty redwoods and the quivering rabbits, the rich and the poor.

How is God’s good creation sustaining you today? Oxygen, water, food grown from earth’s soil, shelter crafted from earth’s resources, medicines honed from the elements God created, and so much more.

How is God’s good creation blessing you today—giving you a bit of goodness? Birdsong, refreshing breeze, waddling beetle, sweet-tasting honey, fresh-baked bread, much-awaited rain, opening flower, darting deer, the smile on a beloved human face.

Thank you, Oh God, for the myriad of gifts—the ongoing giving and abundant blessing—of this good, very good, world. Help us notice, receive, and cherish these gifts with soul-deep gratitude. Amen.

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be green photoStayed tuned for more in my Be Green series this April!

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One response to “Receive with Gratitude

  1. Debi Alexander

    Not sure if this will get to you this way – but wanted to let you know we got talking about creation care issues in Chet’s Story of Justice class on Sunday as we were looking at the law protecting animals and soil – and so I forwarded this to him and he shared with the class. J So what you’re sharing is really pertinent to what the Faith body is studying in different groups! J Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Debi Alexander

    Cell: 317-946-3288

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