The Future Glory of the Survivors in Zion

The Future Glory of the Survivors in Zion

Isaiah 4:2-6

“The fruit of the land, the branch of the Lord.” This passage is filled with imagery of nature and a healthy, natural environment. “Washed, cleaned, burning, the shining of a flaming fire by night. A pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.”

When I read this passage, I envision a world in black and white, coming through trials and tribulations, and seeing the green of a leaf sprouting on a tree, the color returning to a world through hope. I picture lush trees and flowers and nature.

With this in mind, as I read the future glory, I see that it has to start today. As United Methodists, we are called to be stewards of the world God created for us. “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it.” United Methodist Women calls for sound stewardship of the earth and environmentally friendly lifestyles that preserve creation for the benefit of present and future generations.

This season, what is your answer to the call of environmental stewardship? In this fast-paced world, take the time to pause and enjoy the changing seasons and slowing down of nature. Advent is a time of expectant waiting, watching and listening for the good news. Look around and see how God’s natural environment welcomes the Christ child.

Prayer: Heavenly father, Earthly mother, thank you for providing the beauty and splendor that is nature all around us. Please guide us to use your way for generations to come, protecting all of God’s creatures, great and small. Share with the least of us the world you envision. Amen.

Shannon Priddy is National President United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 12/1/2016 11:00:00 PM

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