Footprints daily reflection: 3 April
"Let my people go"
Author: Deborah Doherty
But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the
thunder had ceased, he sinned once more and hardened his heart
Exodus 9: verse 34
Despite the gnats, the frogs, the rivers of blood and in Exodus 9 the thunder, hail and lightening, Pharaoh still says ‘no’.
He plays a dangerous game with Moses and Aaron, promising to free the Israelites as Egypt suffers relentless plagues, but as soon as the threat is lifted, he hardens his heart once again. He closes his ears to the cries of his people, those who are living with the consequences of his stubbornness, not until the loss is felt in his own home by the death of his first-born son did Pharaoh finally accede to let the Israelites go!
We have all heard the warnings: the earth’s average surface temperature has increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years; polar ice caps are melting, rainfall patterns are unpredictable, storms and hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity. Bush fires in Australia were followed in late January by hailstones the size of golf balls raining down on the capital, Canberra.
Our climate is changing and it is impacting the most vulnerable - it is time to listen and to take action – as individuals, as communities as nations. In Matthew 11 verse 15 Jesus said, “Let anyone with ears listen!” The events the prophets had spoken of were happening right there and then, but the children of Israel did not recognise them, they paid no heed to John the Baptist and they scorned and crucified the Messiah.
Now is the time for action on climate change, time to restore the relationship between humanity and creation.
help us to remember that climate change has no borders,
that our actions impact the lives of others on this earth.
May we make practical changes in our own lives to reduce
the effect of our footprint on the planet and give us the courage
to campaign and take significant actions to change the hearts
and minds of world leaders whose ears are closed to the destruction around them.
Deborah Doherty recently retired as Head of Church and Supporter Relations at CAI. A member of Malone Presbyterian, Belfast, she is also an Accredited Preacher in PCI.