God of Hope, we are blest to share with you in the renewal of Earth. Grant us steadfast faith as we reclaim your call to be one with all of creation. Amen.
Choral Reading: Isaiah 65:17-24
For I am about to create the heavens and Earth anew;
The former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating;
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people;
No more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days,
Or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
For one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
And one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and another eat;
For like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
And my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity;
For they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Isaiah’s foretelling of the new creation offers a stunning sense of what life will be like when Earth is restored – the end of illnesses that kill the most vulnerable, the end of slavery and oppression, the end of fear and destruction. All of this is tied into creation care, justice, and stewardship. As people care for Earth, they are able to care for one another. As people care for one another, they care for Earth. Earth rights are human rights; human rights are Earth rights. Resources and people are not disposable. They are part of this glorious New Jerusalem.
Gracious God, we ache for the day when all is restored, when the whole of creation is healed from the consequences of our sin. Strengthen us as we work toward that restoration. Show us how to be part of your healing work in the world. Thank you for the hope of what is to come. Amen.
– Taken from The Green Bible Devotional, by Carla Barnhill
“We Are One,” by Earth Mama
– YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGehXyBegUA