Today is Earth Day, and it is Sunday. I think that’s a nice combination, and I wonder how many priests and pastors will think the same. Whether you believe in an Intelligent Designer or chalk it up to a lengthy series of cosmic accidents, please take a moment to be thankful today for the Earth on which we live.
My master and I don’t go to church these days, but we still have a place to worship: The Earth is a sanctuary, a cathedral. Please take a moment to watch the video and listen to the song below– and leave me a note to tell me about your favorite place to worship.
Here are the lyrics to “My Cathedral” by Chris Rice:Sweetest days of childhood, Playing in the deep woods, Stomping through the creek and feeling oh-so-much alive. We’re camping in the forest, We join the cricket chorus, Hum our songs of gratitude around a crackling fire. Out here in the stillness, I found my house of worship with column trees and canopy of stars, Here in my cathedral. It was beneath the blue skies, I ran down to be baptized, I felt the river wash me clean and dried beneath the sun. To this day believing I’m wide awake or dreaming, Scan the ancient sky and understand where I belong. Cause out here in the stillness, I find my house of worship with column trees and canopy of stars, Here in my cathedral. This is where I find my soul, Out where holy men of old first knelt in soil and thanked You for the rain. Wrote the songs that filled the air, Harold angels sang their prayer, out beneath your darling constellations. Let me off and wander, Robin song and thunder, Surrounding me with stained glass leaves that change with every breeze. Out here in the stillness, I find my house of worship with column trees and canopy of stars, Here in my cathedral.
I hope you have a great worship time today, humans, and I hope that you are able to make a connection between why you are here on this planet and why this planet is here for you.