Thoughts for the Month

April

The other day I came across ‘The Ten Indian Commandments.’

1. The Earth is our Mother; care for her.

2. Honour all your relations.

3. Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.

4. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.

5. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.

6. Do what needs to be done for the good of all.

7. Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each day.

8. Speak the truth but only for the good in others.

9. Follow the rhythm of Nature. 

10. Enjoy life’s journey but leave no tracks.

 

As I read them, I thought about the Christian Ten Commandments   and realised that they were not so very different. They too are about honouring God, respecting each other and treating the world as if we are but custodians who must pass it on to those who follow us. They are a code for living so that Nature, in all its aspects, is treated with respect.

This month we have the end of Lent and Easter but it is also the month of new life in Nature.

Yes, I do remember an April when we had heavy snow and I was in the last car across Bodmin Moor, but generally, the harshness of winter is over and Spring has definitely sprung!

As I read these words, the word ‘honour’ kept crossing my mind. 

‘Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honour and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.  (Psalm 111 v.2 & 3)

When we look around us at the beauty of the countryside, the magnificence of mountain ranges and the contrasting power of the sometimes calm and sometimes stormy seas, do we acknowledge and honour the creator? Do we look with wonder and awe at the majesty of the world around us?

Living where we do, we don’t have mountains – unless you count the old clay tips which richly deserved the title of ‘The Cornish Alps’ when I was a child – but we do have wonderful countryside and a majestic coastline. We should be so grateful that we live in a temperate climate that ensures we do not have to face what seems to be never ending drought, annual hurricanes or regular monsoons which cause such disaster to so many.

If we treat all things with respect and honour the great Creator, we should be daily saying:

‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’ (Revelation Ch. 7 v. 12)  

 


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