Genesis 1: 9:13
God said, “I command the water under the sky to come together in one place, so there will be dry ground.” And that’s what happened. God named the dry ground “Land,” and named the water “Ocean.” God looked at what they had done and saw that it was good.
God said, “I command the earth to produce all kinds of plants, including fruit trees and grain.” And that’s what happened. The earth produced all kinds of vegetation. God looked at what they had done, and it was good. Evening came and then morning—that was the third day.
Take some time to connect with and feel the land. Sanitise your hands and then place your hands in the sand. Focus on it’s texture, it’s weight, its temperature.
Up to 15 billion trees are being cut down every year. Deforestation impacts the animals and birds, rainfall patterns, water and soil quality and flood prevention.
It is said that 10% of global warming is caused by forest loss and damage. (info from World Wildlife Foundation)
As a symbol of our commitment to help protect the land and the plants, pick up one of the sticks on the table and place it upright in the sand.
Things you can do: Read the list below and consider if there is one you or your family could try.
- Go paperless or reduce paper at home or at work
- Use bamboo products (bamboo is a fast growing and sustainable alternative)
- Plant trees (in your own backyard or join with a tree planting day)
- Buy Palm Oil free or responsibly sourced Palm Oil products (land is cleared to grow palm plants)
- Eat less meat (land is cleared to make way for animal farming)
At Home Variation
Couldn’t make it in person or want to continue this station at home?
You can undertake this prayer station in your garden, at the park or even the beach. Feel the dirt or sand as you undertake the reflection. You can symbolically plant a stick or a branch that you find or many even be able to plant real seeds, a seedling, or larger plant.
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