September 4

Reflection

There is an Apache Blessing that prays,” May the sun bring you new energy by day; may the moon softly restore you by night; may the rain wash away your worries; may the breeze blow new strength into your being.” It is a simple statement reminding us of our deep connection with this earth. We abruptly realize the distortion of our climate when things go awry. The evening news projects clear images of tornadoes, floods, droughts and hurricanes. A visit to the grocery store shocks us with the prices of produce that have risen because of the effects of droughts and storms as well as other factors. We are dependent on earth not only for our bodily survival but also for the renewal of our spirits. Even if we live in the city our human bond with earth requires a piece of green, a patch of blue, the freshness of wind and the song of birds to “blow new strength into our beings.”

Prayer

May the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being.

Action

Examine your own need for the beauty of this earth. Read the information about the People’s Climate March at http://peoplesclimate.org/march . Join with those who are working to preserve our planet.

Suggested Reading

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
Paul Dirac

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Things are beautiful if you love them.
Jean Anouilh

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars; you have a right to be here.
Desiderata

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad
with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Iris Murdoch

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.
Chinese Proverb

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains
of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and
spring after the winter.
Rachel Carson

 

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