Frederick Buechner writes the following about creation:

 

To make suggests making something out of something else the way a carpenter makes wooden boxes out of wood. To create suggests making something out of nothing the way an artist makes paintings or poems. It is true that artists, like carpenters, have to use something else - paint, words - but the beauty or meaning they make is different from the material they make it out of. To create is to make something essentially new.

 

When God created the Creation, he made something where before there had been nothing, and as the author of the Book of Job puts it, "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy" (Job 38.7) at the sheer and shimmering novelty of the thing. "New every morning is the love / Our wakening and uprising prove" says the hymn. Using the same old materials of earth, air, fire, and water, every twenty-four hours God creates something new out of them. If you think you're seeing the same show all over again seven times a week, you're crazy. Every morning you wake up to something that in all eternity never was before and never will be again. And then you that wakes up was never the same before and will never be again either.

 

Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC. Frederick Buechner, 1993.

We are invited as followers to Jesus to revel in the wonders that are creation and to take our part as one part of God's great creation. For too long humanity has seen creation as something to be exploited and used for our own purposes and gains. In recent years, Christians and other people of faith have rediscovered ancient truths about creation, God, and humanity's role as stewards. This continues to be a priority as the earth continues to be exploited and creation groans.

 

At Zion we strive to be partners as stewards of creation. Rejoicing in creation and safeguarding it as a gift for all and for generations to come.