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Thought for the Week

Sunday, 28 February 2021

We invite you to Pray through the Week with Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church.

Pray Through The Week

Genesis 2:15 - The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.

The first Friday of March as any Guild member will know is World Day of Prayer when a country is chosen to highlight the local life.  This year Vanuatu is host.   It is one of a group of islands in the South Seas all being badly affected by climate change.  The constant rise in the ocean level is slowly eating into the land requiring the inhabitants to seek shelter further inland or higher up.

It is due to climate change but it is not far away such things are happening.  A few weeks ago a huge section of the cliffs at Dover collapsed into the sea due to coastal erosion.

Last week there was a glacier break up in the Himalayas which cost 49 people their life. On a lighter note there is a decrease in the breeding rate of ostriches as they require a certain temperature to hatch.

Climate change is also affecting the price of food.  Your packet of crisps will soon cost you more because hot and dry weather in Russia and snow in southern Europe put a freeze on olive oil prices.

One of the up sides of the lockdown is that the atmosphere has benefitted.  Stay at home means fewer cars on the road which means much less carbon polluting the air.  Only essential shops are open so consequently we are only purchasing the necessary and not browsing shops at will.

For years David Attenborough and scientists have been telling us of the consequences of climate change, yet it took an 18 year old Greta Thunberg for us to prick up our ears - but was that all you did.

God has given us the most wonderful world to enjoy - but what are we doing to it.  Do you not want your grandchildren to have the same pleasures we have enjoyed.  Do you recall that Sunday School hymn - 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.  How much we take things for granted.  Don't let's wait until it is too late.

We have elections coming up and an opportunity to do something about our environment.  Let us all play our part, however small, to be guardians of the creation God has put in our hands.

As Louis Armstrong told us 'It's a Wonderful World'.