|Photo from our 2012 burn, showing the charred ground left behind.|
I couldn't help thinking of the first Good Friday, as Christ hung on the cross, when things looked bleak and without hope. But there's a reason that farmers and ranchers complete controlled burns on pasture lands. The burned vegetation will give away to new green growth in a few weeks' time. The native grasses will return to increased vigor and life.
|New growth after a burn we did in 2012.|
|Ninnescah Pasture - April 22, 2019 - Earth Day|
Eastertide is a season to rejoice, and discern what Christ’s Resurrection means for believers today. Amid that celebration this year is Earth Day, the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the U.S. It's been observed each year on April 22 since 1970, and it just happened to coincide with Easter this calendar year.
As we worked, I kept thinking of the words to a favorite hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth. And I mentally thought of the thousands of snapshots I have taken that illustrate the beauty of this Earth, most taken near this little slice of creation on the Stafford/Reno County line. Here are just a few of them:
For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day
and of the night
and tree and flower
Sun and moon
and stars of light.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
So the work to care for God's creation will continue on this day after Earth Day, too. Our families have been doing that for five generations.