In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NRSV)
One day, a customer at the post office asked a clerk if they recycled all their waste paper. The clerk did not know and decided to check into the matter further. She discovered that there was no recycling program at the post office. No one had ever thought of it. She decided she would start a recycling program. In no time at all hundreds of pounds of paper that before had been thrown into dumpsters and landfills were being recycled each week.

She did not stop there. She became interested in environmental issues. She wondered what else she could do to encourage others to be more responsible toward our world and its resources. She began sharing her concerns with others she worked with. Earth Day was only a few weeks away. Her co-workers decided they wanted to do something to observe it. They planted a tree in the Town Common where everyone would enjoy it. Soon the clerks had set up a bulletin board in the post office lobby that carried articles and posters about the environment. Since most of the town's residents passed through the lobby on a daily basis, they could not avoid having their consciousness raised about the environmental crisis.

One person can make a difference in making this place God built more beautiful.


God of earth, move me to be a better steward of your creation. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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