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Matthew 6:30: Here Today

Wednesday, March 8, 2017creation-2

How broad is our view of creation? How wide is the horizon we assign to humanity?

It is God who clothes the wild grass – grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t God be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have! (GNT)

Do we see our lives as more important than those of our ancestors? Do we see our descendants as equals?

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will God not much more clothe you – you of little faith? (NRSV)

Are we concerned about protecting and preserving the millions of species that run the risk of dying out? Are we willing to act on behalf of the flora and fauna God has gifted into our care?

If this is how God clothes grass in the field – which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven – won’t God much more clothe you? What little trust you have! (CJB)

When we consider that we are here today and gone tomorrow, we will want to try – as difficult as this is – to see the broad arc of history as God sees it. We will want to explore the panoply of plants and animals as an expression of God’s delight in diversity.

solar-systemIf God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never even seen—don’t you think God will attend to you, take pride in you, do the best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way God works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how God works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (MSG)

As we reflect on being here today, we hope to change the economic, civil and social conditions that pollute our planet and choke our lives. And we will abide in faith with God our creator, who sees even the smallest among us as well as the grandest.

As we compare different translations of this verse, we consider that we are here today, and that this is enough because God loves each of us, no matter our size, no matter our importance.

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