Original information available in World Day of Prayer
The theme for the Suriname worship service urges us to evaluate how our actions affect our planet one of our Lord’s greatest creations. The environmental crisis is also a crisis of global justice. God’s justice always meant loving and sacrificial self-giving. We, as Christians cannot be silent. We live with the hope and belief that people have the means, and increasingly, the will to focus on justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. For instance, to recycle is to give a new use to objects, thus reducing the consumption of resources that may degrade the planet. We may use the way we do WDP activities to educate and campaign for climate justice.
Additional resources written by Silvia Regina De Lima
that runs through the text is [that of] hope. Hope proclaimed, affirmed, and experienced amid pain, the denial of life, and chaos. The beginning of creation is not evil or sin; creation is good. All beings created by God are good. Let us think and feel for a brief moment the prophetic and transforming strength in this statement: “[All] creation is good”. The goodness of creation as a whole and of human beings as a part of creation is one of the major contributions of the Jewish-Christian
tradition. We get lost in a world of sin, prohibition and guilt, and we forget the beginning of goodness in creation. We as women, we are part of the goodness in creation. In every people, every culture, every religion, this goodness is manifested in colors, flavors, movements, customs, religions, cultures, stories; the diversity represented here is part of the goodness and the beauty of creation. Everything is so good that it does not seem real. And some religions, and even some churches, create (make up) a threatening god that we fear, that controls our lives and prevents us from enjoying the grace and goodness of creation. “And God saw that it was good.” Like our brothers and sisters in exile in Babylon, we also affirm the goodness of creation amid evil, environmental destruction, and social injustice. We affirm [its] goodness as a word of hope, a prophetic word that poses a challenge; goodness we need to recover through our prophetic and transforming action. (Extract from Meditation Bible study)