This Sunday marks the Autumnal Equinox. A time of balance. A time to remember the changing seasons, a time of endings and beginnings, a time to remember impermanence. A time to embrace the gift of life and to give thanks for the harvest and for this day!
Here are some words of wisdom from Chief Seattle as we consider our relationship with the earth and with the changing seasons..
Blessings, Pastor Laurie
Teach your children what we have taught our children—that the Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
This we know. The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.
This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
This past Mother’s Day weekend my heart rejoiced in the many eco-justice events happening throughout the Bay Area; from the East Bay chapter of 350.org, to the Sierra Club, to Skyline Green Team’s “Water Concerns” event.
I believe that we are becoming more aware of how inextricably connected we are with our many mothers – including Mother God and Mother Earth.
I leave with you the wisdom of two visionary writers, who share this love of our Mothers:
A Call to Prayer
Hildegard of Bingen
The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all.
The earth of humankind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power.
It is in so many ways fruitful.
All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God’s son.
A Quote by Chief Seattle
Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our true mother. Whatever happens to the earth, happens to the children of the earth. If people spit on the ground, they spit on themselves. We know: the earth does not belong to people, but people belong to the earth. We know: everything is joined together in some way, like the blood that runs through a family. Whatever happens to the earth, happens to the children of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are just a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.