In the face of the degradation of creation, it is easy and understandable to feel overwhelmed and powerless. Br. John Braught encourages us that God comes to us in our darkest hour and in our greatest need. The best thing that we can do right now, in the face of this situation, is pray.
Transcript: I think for many people it’s easy to feel powerless in the face of the overwhelming degradation of our environment. It can be difficult to know what one individual or one group can do. Most of us recycle, maybe we’re involved in some organization that’s trying to make a difference. But in the face of the world we live in, and the choices that are being made that are much bigger than any one individual or group, it can seem like an uphill slog a lot of the time.
Now I think all of us definitely need to do whatever we can do to help restore and shape the environment. But this is a problem that really only God can solve. It’s much bigger than any one of us, and I think it’s healthy to admit that. At the end of the day, this is God’s world, and it’s God’s creation, and God will have the final word.
And so I think perhaps the best thing we can do, but not the only thing, but perhaps the best thing we can do is to pray. Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in faith will be given to you.” And I think we should take Jesus at his word. We should take God at his word. That prayer is powerful. Prayer can change things. God comes to us in our darkest hour. God comes to us in our place of need. And in no area of our lives are we in greater need than with regard to our relationship to the environment. We need God to restore the environment, to help us restore the environment, to show us how the environment can be restored. So the best thing that we can do, but not the only thing, is to pray.
Have you discounted the power of prayer with regard to the restoration of creation?
– Br. John Braught
Question: Have you discounted the power of prayer with regard to the restoration of creation?
Nurturing a healthy relationship with Creation takes time and intention. This week, schedule a few “dates” with Creation, finding a favorite spot in nature to return to each day. Nurture your relationship with Creation by offering thanks, being present, listening, protecting, and praying in this spot.