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Dear Friends

 

By the time you read this, Christmas will be over, the decorations packed away and the New Year begun. New Year is traditionally a time for reflection, a time of looking back at the year gone by and looking forward to what is to come. You may have made some New Year resolutions. If you did, have you kept to them or have they already lapsed? Change can be hard even when it’s a change we want to make.

 

But even when we struggle to change our behaviour and habits, all around us, there are signs of change. The days are getting longer and if you’re a gardener, you are no doubt already looking forward to spring. We look for the bulbs pushing their way towards the light and the new leaves and buds appearing.

 

The Bible begins with the story of creation and the first humans lived in a garden which they tended. Throughout the Bible, we are reminded that our world was made by God. For instance, in Nehemiah chapter 9, v 6  we read “You are the Lord, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life”

 

The last hundred years or so have seen great changes. Industrial and technological developments mean we enjoy healthier lives with more leisure time. However, change has also had a price. We now consume more and more of the planet’s resources, changing the balance of our climate and polluting the land and sea. As disposable incomes have increased, so often has the amount of ‘stuff’ we have acquired. I know this is certainly true of our house! Food and other items which once were expensive have become much cheaper, but this has come at a price and it is often the world’s poorest people who are paying this due to the effects of the global market and climate change.

 

We as Christians have a responsibility to care for the planet with which we have been entrusted. The New Year gives us an opportunity to think about how we put that responsibility into practice. Are we making choices in the way we live and shop which enable not only ourselves but others to have a more sustainable life?

 

This year, I will be aiming to think more carefully about what I buy, whether it’s a ‘need’ or a ‘want’ as well as having a long, hard look at what I already have!

What will you do?

Carol Drummond

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