“Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years draw near when you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.” - Ecclesiastes 12:1
There’s a liminal place up in Maine where sky and sand meet on a rocky shore. Dogs and their humans walk there, kindly sniffing a canine greeting. Their masters smile and nod in passing, hands full of bits of gathered trash and found mittens. Bending low over a tidal pool, a treasure trove delights: a zillion glittering stones, smooth etched sea-glass and a handful of shells miraculously unshattered by wind and sea.
Who cannot remember their creator at such a moment? I remember the hulk of my own body brooding over uncountable tiny species that brought to mind our attentive God who must see all created things in like manner. The rich diversity of created life, black and purple and blue, all variation of tans to white, pleases the God who made them.
In light of all created wild things and beautiful, it is a great wonder to me that we humans still find it needful to discuss who’s in and who’s out. Which part of God’s creation is favored? On any given shore is it the species in grandest profusion? Or the rarest of finds? Is sea glass the more precious for it’s minority status, or the common clam that chowder chooses?
Consider the tidal pool: it’s infinite variety of creatures nourished by the same ever-flowing sea, warmed by the self-same sun of a thousand, thousand summers. We are the poorer when the days of trouble come, and the years draw near when we take no pleasure in that which was meant for joy. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, with that backward Sankofa glance towards an ever- receding horizon, until that day we meet our Creator face to face. Then beyond mattering what we prefer, we join the rich and endless variety of created things that wait for us with compassion and without judgment on the other side.
Prayer: God grant us eyes to see and ears to hear the lessons of your creation in the summer sabbath season. Amen
God’s grace, mercy and peace,
Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Interim Senior Minister
Community Church of Vero Beach