Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 5, Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

Genesis 3: (1-7) 8-21 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (vs 8)

Reflection on Genesis 3:8 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Many of us have been touched by a stunning sunset, or become intoxicated with fragrance of flowers, plants and rushing water in the spring. We are caught up short by the beauty that surrounds us. Our senses come alive with the majesty of our surroundings, our mind races to comprehend what force could have created such magnificence. As beings who claim a religious proclivity and inheritance, we may even call that one "god." Yet are we attuned to the implications of "the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden with us? What would it mean if God were with us living in the natural world? How do we listen for God among us Emmanuel? What is frightening and what is soothing about knowing God is present with us in our days?

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The Rev Wanda Copeland is a Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission (1996-2001), and since 2001, Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
MEESC Holy Trinity Church Box 65 Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA

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