Sacredness of Creation
We join with God as stewards of care and hope for all creation.
Seeds of Hope Mosaic
Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b
“Touch the Earth Lightly” CCS 137
If we learn to love the earth, we will find labyrinths, gardens, fountains, and precious jewels! A whole new world will open itself to us. We will discover what it means to be truly alive. —Teresa of Avila (1515–82)
Read Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b: “The earth, lovingly created as an environment for life to flourish, shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of human greed and conflict. Humankind must awaken from its illusion of independence and unrestrained consumption without lasting consequences.”
- What would it look like to love the Earth and be a steward of care and hope for all creation?
- Why is each seed, each drop of water, each breath of wind sacred?
- What does “hope” mean?
- Think about a mosaic design that shows the sacredness of creation.
Provide non-bendable art board or cardboard in 9 in/23 cm x 12 in/30 cm (or smaller) sheets, and a variety of dried beans and seeds, each kind of seed or bean in a separate open container. Provide white glue and small spoons for the seeds. Invite participants to draw an outline of their idea and apply white glue with their fingertip to one section at a time, starting at the center and working toward the edges. Instruct them to plant the seeds of hope: sprinkle the glued area with one kind of seed or bean; say a prayer of hope for all creation. When the mosaics are complete, set it aside to dry for at least one hour.
Keywords: Scripture, Theological, Study, craft
“Light Dawns on a Weary World” CCS 240
For we are what [God] has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. —Ephesians 2:10 NRSV
Plant a butterfly garden at your church or in your town or village. Research the kinds of butterflies that are native to your area and find out what plants they like. Nature centers, gardeners, and universities are good sources of information. Include host plants for butterflies to lay eggs on, and nectar plants for food. People of all ages can help research, locate, purchase plants, prepare the soil, water the plants, maintain the garden—and enjoy watching the butterflies. Gather weekly to read and discuss one of the following scriptures and tend the garden.
- Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b
- Isaiah 40:28
- Psalms 104:10-11, 14, 30
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
Keywords: Scripture and Theological Study, gardening
Genesis 1:1-23, 2:4-25
“This Is God’s Wondrous World” CCS 136
As a group, take a nature walk with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” At predetermined places along the walk, stop for prayer and meditation with your group. At the end of the walk, write a “covenant with creation” for healing the wounds of the Earth. The covenant could include acts of Earth-keeping, such as recycling, simple living, and fasting from over-consumption of resources. On your walk did you notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures? Did you fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks? Share with your group.
Action: Make it a daily practice to view creation with gratitude and holy attention.