As I make plans for this summer and search for places to explore with my new retirement kayak (yay) I have been struck by how much park space, lakes and rivers, and crown land exists across our province. We are so privileged as Canadians for the clean, accessible spaces that have been kept for us to enjoy. These places where nature thrives are gold in a culture of pavement, concrete, noise and hurry. But we humans are our own worst enemy and treat God’s handiwork with selfish disdain.

The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth.
The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
its people must bear their guilt.            – Isaiah 24


  • What specifically will you change or do to help take better care of God’s creation?
  • Intentionally make time during the coming warm months to reflect, read Scripture, talk to God in his temple of nature.


Holy, loving God. Thank you for the gift of beauty and provision in our world. In my life of busyness, please help me to find times and places of quiet so I can reflect, pray, relax and breathe. Help me, even today, to pause and give thanks to you.