The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all who dwell therein. For it is he who founded it upon the seas and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. Psalm 24:1-2
Such caring, serving, keeping, loving, and living by wisdom sum up what is meant by acting as God’s stewards of the earth. God’s gift of responsibility for the earth dignifies humanity without debasing the rest of creation. We depend upon God, who places us in a web of life with one another and with all creation.
From the ELCA Statement “Caring for Creation.”
Of all the water in the world, only 0.3 percent is available for human consumption. The vast majority of our planet’s water is in the oceans, in the atmosphere, or frozen as glaciers. A clean, sustainable supply of water is vital for life to exist.
Eat lower on the food chain, including foods that use less water. For example, it takes 16,000 liters of water to produce a kilogram of beef, but only 3,000 liters to produce a kilogram of rice, 1,350 liters for a kilogram of wheat, and 900 liters for a kilogram of corn! This week, when shopping for groceries, plan to eat at least one meat-less meal. Millions of gallons of water can be saved if we can all make this type of commitment!
Check for leaks by stopping water usage and recording the water meter level before and after. Repair leaks immediately. A single dripping faucet can drip 2,777 gallons of water per year.
It is through your waters, God, that we remember our baptism. As your children we pray for the creation that surrounds us, for the oceans and the rivers, for the streams and the brooks. Renew your world, and help us to be agents of that renewal. Amen.