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The Gift of Creation

I’m a maker by nature. I love to take raw materials or half-baked ideas and bring them fully into existence. When I am watching a movie, you’ll find me knitting. When I am homeschooling my kids, I’m probably doodling alongside them. And there is nothing more satisfying than to place one of my creations into the hands of someone I love.

Maybe your thing isn’t crafting in the traditional sense. Perhaps you like to cook tasty food, write thoughtful notes, or plan the perfect outing. However you create, how good does it feel to see another human enjoying the work of your hands? By gifting your creation, you’re entrusting it another person to care for and take pleasure in a part of you.

God did that for us.

He created us in His image and entrusted us with all of His creation. (See Genesis 1:20-2:4A.) The seas, the land, and the sky are His masterful artistry, and us? His pièce de résistance. By giving us dominion over His creation, He is asking us to delight in His work and protect its sanctity.

Today I invite you, sister, to take stock of your relationship with God’s beautiful earth. In what ways are you caring for the gift God has given us? And in what ways can you preserve and guard all that God has given us? How are you finding joy in His creation? The world was not given to us for reckless and mindless use, but instead, we should recognize it as the precious and loving gift of God’s very hands.

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Curious about learning more on Catholic teaching on respecting creation? Read what the USCCB has to share.

Jenna Hines has a teeny army of four children and is married to a bearded fellow named Mike. They are a homeschooling family who just moved out to the country. Find her books and illustrations in her shopYou can find out more about her here.

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    Mamie
    February 12, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Ahhhh thank you for this! I surely needed it BADLY on this, the 5th “no school due to weather” day for us in the past 2.5 weeks! This gives me some points to reflect upon while my kids are jovially throwing snow balls at me, and it’s also a reminder to praise God for the beauty of the clean snowfall!

    Plus, it’s extra encouragement to stop buying the paper plates we have so solidly depended on since our “baby” was born… He turned 2 this week 😉 and to decrease our household’s waste stream with the same enthusiasm (energy?) we had before we started having kids. Thanks again–great reflection!

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    Florine
    February 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you Genna! I read mamie’s reply too, but feel she shouldn’t be so hard on herself about using paper plates. At least they disolve in a timely manner. I used them too, a half century ago, when I had my wee 4 children and no members of family around to come to my aid. Plastic everything and total disregard for the holy earth is so sad! I’m quite old now but my father came from a farming family (born in 1888, not an error) and he thought we were all disrespecting the earth and God with our desecration of the very beginning of our biblical genesis. God forgive us our trespasses. And thank you all at BIS.

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    Mary
    February 12, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you, Jenna.
    Two ways I can care for the earth are to:
    1. Take care of and have respect and gratitude to God for what I have so that it lasts as long as possible.
    2. Do not be wasteful. This means to not waste what I do have and do not accumulate things that I do not need.

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