And It Was Good!
May 14, 2013

Genesis 1:31a

"God saw all that [God] had made, and it was very good." 

Dwight Lee Wolter

People are made of dirt. The fashion model and the magazine in which her image smiles at me: trees and dirt. The luxury car in which she sits: ore extracted from dirt. Trees and tree-huggers: indistinguishable once returned to the dirt from which they came. Everyone an Adam; everyone an Eve.

Every Day is Earth Day and People Day too. The first Earth Day was in 1970, the year after the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire and burned. Rivers are not supposed to catch fire and burn; nor are people in a village in Afghanistan or at a marathon in Boston. We recycle bottles and cans and call it ecology, and toss aside our most vulnerable people and call it sequestration. This can't be how God intended things to be.

The first chapter of the first book of the Bible says that in the beginning God created heaven, earth, light, vegetation, and creatures in the water, air and ground. Then God created male and female and saw that it was very good!  God provided us with a sacred earth - a cathedral of the world - which we clearly are not meant to pollute or desecrate. Nor are we meant to abide polluted attitudes and the polluted treatment of others.

I saw a picture of Earth taken from space and was reminded of what Carl Sagan wrote in his book, The Pale Blue Dot, "Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was… lived out their lives."

Even in mean and troubled times, we are reminded that God not only created the Earth, but each and every one of us - those we cherish and those we abhor or ignore - and it was very good! Everyone an Adam; everyone an Eve.


Creator God, bless Our Pale Blue Dot, and each living speck of dirt upon it.

About the Author
Dwight Lee Wolter is the author of Forgiving Our Parents, Freedom Through Forgiving (a workbook), and Forgiving Our Grownup Children. He is pastor of the Congregational Church of Patchogue on Long Island, New York.

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