The Annual Conference theme this year is Generosity in All Creation. Let us be both awed by God’s beautiful creation and also caring and protective of it.
Consider the lilies, how they grow.
With these words Jesus focused us outward toward the beauty of this natural world in which we live. This world is God’s glorious creation and we will celebrate it at Annual Conference. We will gather around the theme God’s Generosity in All Creation.
Like St. Francis, we will be attentive to the beauty of creation, to the nourishment which we receive, to the air that we breathe, to the beauty of the heavenly spaces above our heads and to the firm ground beneath our feet. I’m told there’s a wonderful statue of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. The statue is called “Come Holy Spirit.” Oddly enough, St. Francis is not looking up for the Spirit to come from above; rather St. Francis is looking down at the beauty of the earth. Indeed God’s Spirit has come to us in Pentecost and that Spirit is alive around us in the beauty of flowers, in the singing of the birds, in the stillness of water in a lake, in the roaring of the seas, and the heights of mountains.
This summer, as we enjoy our backyard or a national park or a beautiful oceanside, may we give thanks to God. Wherever we find ourselves, may we care for creation – recycling, teaching, caring so that creation is cared for in the small space we occupy in God’s world. In this way, we honor God, who gives us the gift of life. May this gift of life be abundant for you in this Holy season.