Did you have a glorious Earth Day? Any festivities to honor the occasion?
Most of Saturday consisted of playing in the dirt–pulling weeds and digging out grass. Fun. Recyclables were thrown in the blue bin. Also fun. That’s about the height of my Earth Day Celebration.
Staying cool was the name of the game on Sunday; and while I may have faltered, I was brave in the attempt. Okay fine. That’s not at all true. I whined my way through the heat of the day and bawled like a baby in church.
That last bit could not be helped, I might add–it was a total setup.
The service was a bit different, you see. Rather than a traditional sermon, our friend got up and spoke about their adoptions. He and his wife have added four children to their family, through adoption–one little boy from Vietnam, and one boy and two girls from China. And they started when their biological kids were grown–it took that long for God to convince Ken adoption was the thing to do.
Being we’ve been friends roughly forever, I was smug in my ability to keep it together. You know the drill: pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. The tears started falling with the first video of a little abandoned boy who lost his leg to gangrene; it was a regular waterfall by the video of my friends and their newest kids. Luckily, by the time we got to the music video of Third Day’s “Children of God” there were more smiles than tears.
Don’t you just love the way God brings families together? In God’s eyes, the world is one big canvas. He sees mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters–the wide expanse between them is nothing.
Come to think of it, that just might be the best way to celebrate Earth Day. After all, we don’t take care of the planet for the planet’s sake–we take care of it, for those who call it home.