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"Keeping God’s World Beautiful"

July 19, 2003

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

The Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia, are visited each year by many tourists and vacationers. Under the hands of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pim Butchart an abandoned limestone quarry was turned into a 30-acre wonderland of flowers, shrubs, and trees. “The Garden Journal” of New York City has called it “the outstanding showplace of the Pacific Northwest.”

We do not all have the money, ability, and time to do what this couple did, but we can all honor this world’s Maker and delight the eyes of others when we brighten up the corner where we are. After all, we live not in our own but in our Father’s world. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” We have no license to destroy its beauty and natural resources. We are stewards and caretakers, not owners and masters!

Not only this world but also “all who live in it” are the Lord’s. God created all people and through Jesus Christ redeemed them. We need to develop a sense of obligation to God’s earth. We help keep God’s world of people beautiful when we tell them how deeply God loves them and how He makes them clean and fruitful through the Gospel.

Why not start doing this where we are now – today?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your world and its people. Help us make and keep them beautiful in Your sight. Amen.

(Taken from “Our Journey with Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Kings 22-23    Galatians 6

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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