On Earth Day, we will consider the practice of sabbath, as a stepping away from using the earth for our own purposes, and appreciating it for the gift it is, for its own beauty. This is a miracle, indeed, not to expect ourselves to generate our own lives, but to receive them as a gift, as well. Jewish writer Ellen Bernstein says, "The Sabbath teaches us to care for something we can never possess. It bids us to reinhabit the world, to play in creation. It encourages us to delight in all of life's visible and invisible treasures. On the Sabbath, we are a part of, not apart from creation. On the Sabbath nature is whole, indivisible, one." Perhaps by exploring the miracle of Sabbath, we will find ways to honor the earth every day.
Rev. Dr. Anne McKee is Campus Minister at Maryville College