O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts… —Prayer for Stewardship of Creation, The Book of Common Prayer
Creation and incarnation, the two most precious gifts from God. God gives us breath and we are born into “this fragile earth, our island home.” God, having pity on our broken souls, inserts Himself into our world as a son, born in a manger and destined for the cross. During Advent we prepare ourselves to celebrate this gift symbolizing forgiveness and redemption, the ultimate expression of love.
As we journey through Advent let us find creative ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus while honoring the precious gifts of His creation.