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“The Earth Does Not Belong to Us; We Belong to the Earth”

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 youFall-Thanksgiving-Maple-Leaf-sun-orange-300x235r 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.

                                    Chief Seattle

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