"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15

What do you suppose this means? Does this provide implications for how we should live today?

It seems to me this passage from Genesis provides a glimpse of human harmony with creation, rather than dominance over it. It is important to understand that the Hebrew for the words work and take care of can also be translated into serve and protect. We are created to serve and protect creation. God created us in His image, therefore we are to care for His land as He would.

This concept can be a bit overwhelming considering the destruction of the earth that occurs everyday. Start small, what can you do to promote creation care in your homes and neighborhoods? Here are a few suggestions that don't take a whole lot of effort, but can make a difference.

* Replace 5 regular light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED energy saving bulbs. If every home in America did this, we could save energy equivalent to 21 coal burning power plants!

* Turn off the water when you are not using it. A simple concept we learned in elementary that is easy to forget.

* Begin to grow a few plants in your backyard or on your front porch. The connectedness to land that is created simply from caring for your own food promotes thanksgiving and praise.

* Start a small group to investigate the significance of creation care and environmental stewardship

"The power of God is present at all places, even in the tiniest leaf...God is currently and personally present in the wilderness, in the garden, and in the field." Martin Luther