• Lesson 1: Enjoying the Planet
• Lesson 2: Respecting the Natural World
• Lesson 3: Rhythms and Balances
• Lesson 4: Stuff
• Lesson 5: Caring for Mother Earth
• Lesson 6: The Universe
Teacher Introduction/Getting to the Heart of the Lesson
Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art
Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses,
The best way to enjoy the planet is to get out and do something — not sit and talk about it.
This lesson offers an encouraging reminder for an attitude of enjoyment and appreciation when we experience the natural world in all its forms. To enjoy means to have an inner experience of joy — to be “in joy” as our bodies and minds are engaged in activity.
The Genesis story, like other creation myths, ends with creation being “finished” and God taking a well deserved rest. A story needs an ending or we are left with a feeling of incompletion; we wonder how it all turns out. But the idea that God created everything and
then stopped being involved may imply that we are not responsible for what happens in the natural world and God is outside of our experience. In truth, the creation story is ongoing.
We are a part of an amazing and continually evolving story. Enjoying the story puts us in
harmony with the creator and the creation. Consciously enjoying means we are living the story from the inside out — we become co-creators with the source.
During biblical times, protecting the environment and ecological issues weren’t a concern, so not much was written about them. But there are many examples in the Hebrew scriptures of love and reverence for the earth as a creation of god.
Jesus talked about living in the realm of the spirit. He claimed that if we are willing to risk living within the truth that God is the source of our being, we, too can experience the same joy, freedom and peace that he experienced. Jesus taught that when we discover this
we will want to celebrate.