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My Father's world

September 21, 2016
By Pastor Roger Lemke ( , Pine Island Eagle

So it was and God saw all that He had made and it was very good.

This is my Father's world and hills and valleys clap their hands and sing their praises to their creator.

For he molded the Rockies and scooped out the valleys and planted the trees by the rivers of water and hollowed the canyons and steeped the cliffs and sang through the prairie grass on the plains.

And then we built houses and printed newspapers and made grocery bags and ate the forests with hunger that never stopped.

These are my Father's hills but He doesn't recognize them though He shaped and formed them for now they lie raped and wounded because we stripped them of their rich black coal and iron ore and left them gasping as quiet raindrops wash away the dust.

This is my Father's world the heaven's declare the glory of God and the earth shows His handiwork.

As the beauties of God's world have been processed and squeezed and dumped without ceremony and streams of living waters have turned green and ugly with their bilious cargo and laughing waters and streams of living waters languish and die and wonder why and spew their angry incense to a saddened God who wonders why chemicals are more precious than our dolphin and snook.

This is my Father's world so scarred and tortured crying out in pain. Having been made stewards of His earth we became plunderers and when God said: be managers, we must have thought He said: "Be damagers!"

Yet there is still hope if we raise up the joy of all living things if we make nature our lover and the earth God's delight!

If we treat each man as just a little lower than the angels and turn our swords into plowshares.

Then maybe we can listen without embarrassment to the Psalmist declaring of man: "Yet you have made him little less than a God crowning Him with glory and honor" (Ps. 8:5)

Based On the Hymn: "This Is My Father's World" by Malbie D. Babcock (1858-1901)

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information



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