‘Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? Can you number the months that they fulfil, and do you know the time when they give birth, when they crouch to give birth to their offspring, and are delivered of their young? Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open; they go forth, and do not return to them. ‘Who has let the wild ass go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass, to which I have given the steppe for its home, the salt land for its dwelling-place? It scorns the tumult of the city; it does not hear the shouts of the driver. It ranges the mountains as its pasture, and it searches after every green thing.
Reflection by Janet Derby
During September, the UCC worship resources give an option of using a creation lectionary. When we first discussed whether to use it this year, I wondered if we should just go with the traditional lectionary, since we had done creation lectionary at Pilgrimage the last several years. When I read this passage that contains just a portion of God’s response to Job, I realized that I, like Job, was underestimating the awesome power of God’s creation. It gave me pause and caused me to take more time the last few days to appreciate the natural world around me. I appreciated the soft breeze as I walked the dog and looked for a time at the sliver of the moon that was visible last evening. As the cool weather approaches and the leaves fall, I hope to continue to be aware of the wonder of creation.
God of the Cosmos, Help me to appreciate and care for the world you have created for us. Amen.