EARTH DAY LIGHTHOUSE
Appeal by John McConnell, originator of the first Earth Day - March 21, 1970
We know our actions affect other people. Do thoughts and prayers about altruistic goals also affect other people?
If they do - and I believe they do, then Earth Day this year provides a great opportunity to halt humanity's rush toward disaster and create a global state of mind that will foster Earth's rejuvenation.
I hope you will think about this or pray about it and do what you then decide is best.
Forward this message - or URL address, to your closest friends. With global attention this could soon convert Internet, which is a tower of Babel, into a pillar of light, a lighthouse for the new millennium.
While Earth Day on the March Equinox appeals to people of every creed and culture, following is the reasoning back of the support by many Christians.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation
of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things he has made."
The conversion of Brother Lawrence (1666) -- beloved by all who value the virtues of peace -- resulted from the mere sight on a midwinter day "of a dry and leafless tree standing gaunt amid the snow; it stirred deep thoughts within him of the change the coming spring would bring."
On Saturday, March 20, at 8:26 p. m. EST (the moment of the Spring Equinox) bells will ring in many parts of the world, including the United Nations. At that moment people of every creed and culture will be joined in silent prayer, meditation or reflection, to deepen their commitment to the care of our planet.
This is nature's inspiring moment of equipoise. At this special time a six month long day will begin at the North Pole and a six month long night at the South Pole. This is the occasion when night and day are equal all over the world.
On this Earth Day (1999), as we approach a new millennium, we see a spectacular sight in the evening sky. Jupiter and Mars, brightly shining together -- is an event that will not return for 300 years. It is almost as if both planets want to remind us that only the Earth of all the planets of our Sun is bearing life.
The first day of Spring is a divine symbol and promise of new life. Plants that have died will now be reborn in the seeds they have left. Caterpillars will change into butterflies. Spring is the time for new life and new beginnings.
The March equinox provides a unique opportunity for Christians to all affirm their faith at the same moment in time. Jesus stated in Matthew 18:19, "that if two of you agree on earth as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done for them." Earth Day is about the stewardship role God has given us -- a most important matter to agree on.
In Genisis 2:15 man is given the responsibility to "tend" and "keep" the place in which he dwells. Genesis 1:26, "let them rule over all the earth and its living creatures." Romans 1:20 states that God's qualities are discernible through the evidence in creation, and so the studying of nature can lead a person to God.
The day Spring begins provides a special opportunity to deepen awareness of nature and our commitment to think and act as trustees of Earth. Then when we buy, when we invest and in our daily conduct, let us seek choices that will nurture life and eliminate pollution and poverty.
While all people can never meet at the same place, on Earth Day our hearts and minds can all meet with one another and with God at the same time. Let March 20: 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST, be a time of awareness of people and planet: of our personal family and our global family, of the nearest tree and the worldwide forests, of God's love and our responsibility to think and act as Trustees of Earth.
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