“Birds, Bible and Creation Care,” does that sound like a strange title for a blog?

In my mind it makes perfect sense and perhaps as you read on it might make sense to you too.

Let me start by saying I am a birder.  If someone years ago had told me I would  spend  time watching birds, I would have said you are crazy!  I am not what you would call a hard core birder.  I will not travel great distances to see a rare species.  Nevertheless I guess you could say I have an addiction and like most addictions it starts gradually and grows.  I need to bird in order to feel good about life.

I could also say that I have an addiction to the Bible. I need to read and sit with the word in silence every day in order to feel centered and sane, or at least as sane as I am.

When out in the field birding, I am often deeply moved by the sheer beauty and wonder of this creation we call earth.  One evening as the light was fading, I stood on a ridge above a pond.  It was all very still.  In the distance could be heard the cry of a flock of geese, the honking coming ever closer.  As they approached the ridge, they ceased their cries and began a silent descent to the pond.  They were now about fifty feet over my head and as they passed I could hear the swooshing of air on wings.  It was magnificent!  The light was fading too fast to see clearly, but in the darkness I heard them land with a loud splashing as they plowed into the water followed by an immense honking as they settled out among themselves whatever it was that needed settling. Gradually the honking ceased with only one bird seeming to need the last word, until that one too stopped.   Now all was very still. Birds, darkness, the dampness of night air all bathed in a stillness that was of the peace and order of creation.

I stood there in the darkness and softly said:  “My God, My God!  How magnificent!  All of this must be saved.”   This then leads me to Creation Care.

All of creation is from the Creator.  It is gift given out of sheer grace. It does not belong to us, it belongs to God.

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

Our response to all of this is to give thanks to God and to care for the earth that God has entrusted to us.  This is what we need to be about, not just on Earth Day, but every day.

Birds, Bible and Creation Care, it all goes together.

About Rev. Larry Deyss, HR

Larry Deyss is Pastor Emeritus of the Delmar Presbyterian Church where he served for 30 years, a past moderator of Albany Presbytery and currently a member of the Peacemaking Task Force with a focus on environmental issues. He and his wife live in Delmar.

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