The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.” vss. 6-7Psalm 67:4-7
The psalmist is right! God has indeed blessed humanity with this incredible planet. Even though it had been around for billions of years before we arrived, it has been a garden of delights for humans and we have been blessed as our species has spread throughout the globe. We’ve harvested and tilled, built towns and cities, mined enormous fortunes, and used every resource of the air, land, and sea that we could lay our hands on. So far as we know there’s no other place in the universe where we could possibly have prospered in such a fashion. And now some are saying, we may have gone too far! We’ve spread our garbage across the globe and made our mark in ways that cannot be erased. And it’s the invisible pollutants that are likely to do us the most harm: the radiation, the atmospheric changes, the warming seas. And we’re beginning to see the effects: massive flooding, intolerable heat, huge storms, and we’re unable to do anything but to keep on shooting and bombing. The psalmist prayed for God’s continued blessing – and that has again become our only hope. We know that the earth will survive – but we’d love to continue to live and prosper upon it. We’ll soon find out – the crisis is upon it. We don’t yet know how it will turn out!
Thought for the Day: How will things be for our great grandchildren?