Monday, September 19, 2011
Rivers of Life
Yesterday I spoke about rivers during worship as part of Creation Time, a relatively new season in the church year focussed on care for the world God created and is creating still. There are plenty of rivers in the bible despite the scarcity of water in the Middle East.
When I came home from church I returned to a biography of Holmes Rolston the godfather of environmental ethicists. Professor Rolston was one of the presenters at the conference I attended in Colorado, a spry, accessible man approaching eighty years of age.
I picked up at the place where Rolston is working to protect a river, the Cache la Poudre River in Northern Colorado. The plan was to dam the river, flooding the canyon but the coalition fighting the dam was successful.
It turns out that the last day we were in Colorado we drove up the Poudre Canyon to hike at Greyrocks. On the way north we passed whitewater rafters and fly fishers enjoying the river. To pick up the Greyrocks trail we used a foot bridge across the Poudre and we stopped to take photos of its rushing waters. Even though the name Cache La Poudre is French the locals pronounce it Poo-der.
It's important for Christians to be aware of the rivers and streams around them and to treat them with care, not just as a commodity. When rivers are clean and free-flowing they are a source of life for many creatures.
Are there rivers, streams, "cricks" which have been important in your lives? Have you ever been involved in a waterway clean-up or any effort to protect or rehabilitate one?