Ponderings of the Pastor
2 Corinthians 8:14-15 (NIV)
At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.
This past Sunday we dedicated a compost bin during our worship service. This compost bin serves both as a reminder and as an avenue to live in a way of reciprocity with our earth. The Earth continuously provides for us all that we need to live and part of our partnership with God is to care for her as well. This compost will be used to feed the earth at our community garden.
In preparation for our worship service I did some reading about the earth and our relationship to it, as well as how people of faith can be better partners in our relationship with Creation. One of the articles I read referred to God as “The Divine Composter”. The author wrote, “I saw this God as the Divine Composter, who takes our best bits and our slimy bits, the crumbs of our joyful moments and the leftovers that we’ve kept for too long—and says, “Let’s see what we can do with this next!” God takes a big mess of people who didn’t belong together and turns us into a church. Dirt dissolves that which separates us; the warmth burns through the illusion that we are anything but fellow humanity and part of creation. We’re all together, mortal and human, dust and spirit, all mixed in the divine compost pile.”
I pray that each of us look inside at all of our best bits and slimy bits and recognize that God uses them all. God created each of us and each of our parts to be partners in God’s kingdom here on Earth. From Sunday’s Benediction, “Celebrate the wonders of creation, and know that in all of the seasons of our lives God is with us. Listen to the songs of the waves and the hymns of the trees. Touch the earth with love and respect. May God bless us and hold us gently as we seek to do God’s work in the world. Our service has ended. Our service begins.” Amen.