Friday, May 30, 2008
16 Go out of the ark, thou and thy wife, thy sons, and the wives of thy sons with thee. 17 All living things that are with thee of all flesh, as well in fowls as in beasts, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, bring out with thee, and go ye upon the earth: increase and multiply upon it. 18 So Noe went out, he and his sons: his wife, and the wives of his sons with him. 19 And all living things, and cattle, and creeping things that creep upon the earth, according to their kinds, went out of the ark. 20 And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowls that were clean, offered holocausts upon the altar.
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and said: I will no more curse the earth for the sake of man: for the imagination and thought of man's heart are prone to evil from his youth: therefore I will no more destroy every living soul as I have done. 22 All the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, night and day, shall not cease
1 And God blessed Noe and his sons. And he said to them: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And let the fear and dread of you be upon all the beasts of the earth, and upon all the fowls of the air, and all that move upon the earth: all the fishes of the sea are delivered into your hand. 3 And every thing that moveth and liveth shall be meat for you: even as the green herbs have I delivered them all to you:
Genesis 8:16-22, 9:1-3
Some may never know what it is like to lose what they have and start over. Others have had to start over due to what we term disasters and then we have those who start over out of economic disaster. There are so many ways to lose what we have and then to start over. Some of it is due to ourselves and how we manage what we have been given to care for. We are all guardians of this earth, but do we manage it rightly. Do we offer our sacrifices up to God in thankfulness for the many blessings he bestowed on us. Sacrifices in a way that means doing without something we want. There is so much in our lives that we can give it up as a sacrifice. Living simply is often the best way to live. Look at all the happenings around the world where natural disasters happen and the many that aren't. Doesn't that remind us that material things can so easily be gone, and easily replaced while life cannot. But it's the call to start over to renew our faith in God and offer up our blessings. To renew with him the bond of love. To offer our prayers in thanksgiving. Will it take a disaster in our lives to bring home the message to offer up our daily sacrifices to God. To simplify a cluttered life that blots out God. Those disasters often show us how we are to serve each other and yet we fail to even do this.