to Humanity: You are Really Blowing It
the land mourns,
and all who live in it
together with the wild animals
the birds of the air,
even the fish of the sea
by Lillian Daniel
flash from the Gulf of Mexico―the fish of the sea and the birds of
the air have had it. So have the people who once earned their living
through fishing. So have the families of the people who died on the
oilrig. So have the volunteers who wash oil off of drowning birds and
pick up sticky goop from the shores. Earth to humanity―you
people are really blowing it.
this Old Testament reading, the prophet Hosea says just that. God's
natural creation cries out in agony due to the selfish behavior of
God's people. What had they done back then? Did they forget to put
out the recycling or fly when they could have taken the bus? No,
Hosea lived too early for those current day mistakes.
even back then, God sent a prophet to warn us that it's not just
about how we treat one another. The earth and its other inhabitants
days I prefer the term global weirding to global warming. To an
average person, the weather doesn't seem to be getting steadily
warmer, but it sure is getting weirder. Clearly, we can mess with our
environment with devastating effects.
we are also able to hide from those effects, by ducking into an
air-conditioned room or by turning off the television to avoid
let's not ignore those scenes. Let's not ignore the weather. If the
fish and the birds are crying, let's listen.
God, give me a passion for justice for the creatures who cannot
speak, but still can cry. Amen.
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