Planted a Garden

Genesis tells us, in the second story of the creation, that God planted a garden in the east, a place called Eden, and then put the man, Adam, in the garden – to take care of it. It’s the start of a recurring theme in the Bible, that of our calling to be stewards of God’s good creation.

Many of us can see stewardship as a practical, economic issue, because we’ve somehow convinced ourselves that the physical world belongs to us. It’s harder to see it as a spiritual matter, though it clearly is. The definition of a steward is someone who tends and cares for that which belongs to someone else, and as the Psalmist has declared, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.”

That’s a pretty big calling. What part of that job are you most strongly attracted to and why?

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About revrandi

Lover of many things - song, story, and all things Scottish. Presbyterian pastor by day, dreamer by night, student of life all the time.
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3 Responses to Planted a Garden

  1. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the interconnections between things, and a lot of them seem to rise out of doing things on industrial scale. We factory farm chickens, which has direct impacts on pollution of land and water, transportation across the county consumes non-renewable energy, we feed the chickens antibiotics and resistant bacteria come back to impact our health. Living lightly on earth is really hard when there are billions of us.

  2. Kim Terry says:

    Perhaps we are charged with taking care of our little piece of the Earth and that begins with taking care of ourselves. I know as a mother and a teacher I spend a lot of time and energy focused on taking care of others. That doesn’t leave much time for taking care of myself. God gave us this body we live in and we need to nourish it and take care of it as he intended. To me that means not only eating healthy and exercising, but feeding my spiritual being by praying and worshipping God.

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