The ancient Hebrew stories of beginning, speak about creating well. The tellers of these stories spoke of creation as a time of wonder, ease, thought, care, love. The angst and hardness many hear in these old stories arise from the days when people struggled to maintain safety, health, and food on the table. These are times when hardship rather than pleasure defines work. The creating of creation though was neither chore nor hardship but rather a time where work and play are one. When the Creator gathers the cosmos and flings it about like a Pollock, creating artful universes that expand beyond our imaginations and flower our dreams, there is fullness and balance—the gathering of work is intimate with the playfulness of flinging. The gentle lifting of soil, the molding as if clay, the breathing into, is not hardship but the lyrical creation of human. Raising up water and pulling steams to flow through firs and ferns, tucking a cutthroat trout downstream behind bolder, slipping a rabbit below blackberry vines, gracing the ridge with Red-tail hawk gliding the contours speaks of inspiration. Such creating is delightful work. The ancient stories of Creator work speak of hands that are as playful as they are callous, whose work is good rather than drudgery, and whose rest is stepping back from artful creation enjoying the wonderment, thoughtfulness, and questioning what is best next.
The Genesis words “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion,” in a creative landscape are not words of power or chore. They do not speak of one element of creation trumping another. These are words calling creation into coexistence, pleasure, and playful work. They call humanity into creative artfulness. Subduing and dominion is a call into the creative artfulness of gracefully gathering the earthly cosmos and fashioning relationship. Such creative action trumps hierarchy causing Creator to walk with creation in “the evening breeze,” where both are one. In those evening walks one is reminded wind not only serves the breath of humanity, but the breath of the mouse and moose, tree and algae, soil and worm, as well. Creative blessing flows as such moments and all of creation experiences blessedness.
“God…created every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winded bird of every kind. And…God blessed them saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.” Blessing is radical equality formed into creation. The Creators blessing of humanity is no less and no more than blessing given to animals and plant and water and earth and stars. Creation is simply, fully, and wholly blessed.
Sunday is the farms celebration of Blessing of the Animals.
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 3, 2010
3:30pm: Blessing our companion animals: cats, horses, dogs, turtles, etc.
4:00pm: Blessing our wild neighbors: hawks, rabbits, jays, coyotes, mice, etc.
4:30pm: Blessing our companion animals
4:45-5:00pm: Rest and enjoy and wonder.
Arrive at any time which best fits your and your companions life.
If you have no animals to bring, come just the same. Your presence is a blessing to the community and you will be blessed in return.
© David B. Bell 2010