|Episcopal Church in Minnesota|
Environmental Stewardship Commission
Year A, Proper 25, Old Testament Lesson
Exodus 22: 21-27
I am only a little child
Reflection on Exodus
by the Rev Wanda Copeland
How easy it is to diminish what we can affect because of our relative
insignificance to the mainstream of society. Equally, how easy it
is to be overwhelmed by the enormity of life¹s problems and feel that
what we do does not have an impact on the whole. Most Americans recognize
that our environment has significantly degraded in the last century.
Yet, words like global warming and rainforest destruction make the environmental
problems seem out of our reach. How can the actions of one person
really make a difference? How can what I do here influence what happens
halfway around the planet? Like the mustard seed in Matthew 13, even
the smallest of efforts can produce powerful results if well "planted"
and fed with the right fertilizer. Our efforts to simplify our lives,
to reduce our consumption from all energy sources, to reduce our personal
waste do make a difference. When coupled with the efforts of thousands
and millions of other individuals, our efforts can grow into a tidal wave
of positive change. We are powerful, what we do is significant.
c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA
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