Psalm 145, 4-7
Something to read
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty - and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works - and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
To read the King James Version, click here
Something to think about
This is the day when the World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation is focusing on ‘peace with the earth.’ It is the day when the workshops, (known as ‘reasonings’ – a local Jamaican word for deliberations) will be held and prayers will be said that lament our abuse of God’s beautiful creation and our greedy and unthinking part in this abuse.
Christian Aid has such a strong present commitment to environmental justice and in Jamaica, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the encompassing of the greatest of God’s ‘wonderful works’ and of ‘abundant goodness’ will be tempered by the testimonies of those living in the areas of the world most badly affect by climate chaos and the devastating powers of water, fire, wind and earth.
The living letters team during the Decade to Overcome Violence visited Tuvalu, where a population watches in fear and terrified awe as the sea levels rise rapidly and their whole island is threatened.
‘Glorious splendour’ and ‘mighty acts’ are words we often accord to a creator God and to the way the deep calls to deep in the roar of the waters but when we are asked to pray and work for a just peace this becomes a matter not just of stupefied awe but of the splendor of action to work for safety and solidarity for those threatened through human injustice towards the earth.
Something to do
Read about the Living Letters visit to Tuvalu and consider what awesome actions or wonderful works of solidarity means for you in your local area and internationally for victims of climate chaos www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1634/living-letters-solidarity.html
Something to pray
Spirit of God, brooding over the chaos of the waters
Brooding over the chaos of human greed and need,
Come to inspire us to wonderful works of earthed justice,
To splendid and might acts of grounded peace
So that the Earth may be restored and together
We might learn what healing means.
Today's contributor is Alison Swinfen, a member of the Iona Community