With you, I continue to pray and act from a deep sense of relationship with the people of Haiti. It’s also been a week of responding to enthusiastic (mostly) response to my letter, “Where Is the Hope after Copenhagen?” within media interviews, correspondence, and conversation. Yet most of my reflections have been interior—from within a winter Courage to Lead, delving deeply into the winter paradoxes of dormancy and deep growth; light and shadow; death and life.
Our lectionary scriptures from Sunday assure us of how God’s abundance and extravagance bring life—and we hear these words in the midst of death on an unimaginable scale. In pain about Haiti and the dis-ease of the earth, we respond with the resources of faith, enabling us to turn from pain and paralysis to hope and action.
In John’s account of Jesus turning water into wine, the transformative power of God’s love is made known to us in Christ. The psalmist reminds us that God’s love extends to all of creation. And in Corinthians we are called to recognize the abundance of gifts available by which to experience and amplify such love—as long as we have the sense to choose community and share resources and abilities through the one Spirit. We are amplifying God’s love when we turn to hope and action.
And when we pay attention to our inner dance of light and shadow, we are less likely to meet attack with counterattack. To those who disagree with me about the urgency of the climate change challenge, I refer you to sources more capable than I for authoritative science, such as the David Suzuki Foundation.
On Monday, David MacDonald accompanied me as I delivered my letter to party leaders, MPs, and senators. We happened to bump into Michael Ignatieff, who said that having just returned from a tour of university campuses, he can confirm that climate change is the number one concern among the young adults he met. This is my experience as well.
There are some who also say that young adults care more about climate and ocean change than others. But those of you responding to my letter come from all age groups and political affiliations. The only common factor I see is love for God’s world today and for tomorrow. You are bright reflections of God’s abundant love as described in our scriptures.
We will, of course, see the task of loving God’s earth differently. How do you express your love for God’s world?