Sustainability

Sunset on the Nile, Egypt. (Photo: T Brennen)

Sunset on the Nile, Egypt. (Photo: T Brennen)

Wow! Is it really the end of week 6 already? Where has the time gone?

With NAPLAN, Edendale Farm excursion, enrolment interviews and what not we have barely had a chance to catch our breath. Now we begin
report writing and have a public holiday soon too! Not to mention the Year 3/4 camp.

Last week we had a great time at Edendale Farm – principal included. We all learnt a great deal about the importance of caring for God’s earth. Fortunately for the current Christian Studies teacher (the principal!) it fitted in nicely with the learning focus this term which is caring for God’s Creation’. Great conversations took place about how we should care for the earth as God gave it to us as a gift. I have seen the flurry of excitement in the classrooms as students have tried to eat better, recycle more, use less electricity and water, and keep things tidy.

Edendale Farm is actually called ‘Edendale Sustainability Farm’ as it is a farm that focuses on doing things in a sustainable fashion. God is very much is the business of sustainability too I think – and not just in the earthly sense.
Without sustainable practices it is possible that the earth will no longer be able to sustain humans. Think about that for a moment. Sustainable practices are needed to allow something to sustain us.

Christians should be using sustainable practices and I don’t just mean looking after the planet. If we move so fast that we don’t allow God to sustain us we cut our selves off from a vital resource. God needs to be our sustaining life force.
When I was working in Egypt I often thought of the following verse from Isaiah “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert” (Is 35:1-3)

Are we allowing God to sustain us or are we trying to sustain ourselves? The everlasting water provided by God must be our source of sustainability.

May we always be a sustainable people sustained by God.

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