Being at Indian Creek camp the last few days for pastors’ retreat has given me an opportunity to spend a lot more time in nature than I have for quite awhile. I’ve been in the middle of the lake at night looking up at a million stars, woken up early to ride horseback along the water before breakfast, spent an hour in a canoe reveling in the stillness and beauty all around me. With the psalmist I am forced to proclaim, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1).

Being here this week I am reminded how important it is to take care of the creation that God has made. In Revelation we are told God will come so that He “shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). In the beginning, as part of the dominion which God had given to man, “the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15). God expects us to steward that which He has created. What a beautiful responsibility!

Caring for His creation,

Pastor Sutherland

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