Knowing that it was my day to send in a prayer in support of the Christian Science Eco Summit, this favorite old hymn (#218) came to thought, but with a new twist:
"O Life that maketh all things new,
The blooming earth...."
All right, I thought, these lines are about celebrating the renewal of affections, possibilities, resurrection - all this is regularly played out in the natural world. All of nature affirms our link to our Creator.
And then came the rest of the line "- the thoughts of men."
I had never thought of this before ....
Life is the impulse behind the thoughts of men (this term including all of mankind). Life demonstrates life. And so all the thoughts of all individuals are receptive to all that is Life-giving, Life- affirming.
The intelligence, balance, continuity, nourishment, shelter and self-regulating nature of Life is reflecting in all God's creation. And we are led toward an intelligent, balanced, and nourishing and self-sustaining solutions.
We are all blessed by and benefit by the ideas in the last part of this hymn:
"The freer step, the fuller breath,
The wide horizon’s grander view;
The sense of Life that knows no death,
—The Life that maketh all things new."
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016