This is one of my favorite pictures in the whole wide world. This picture was taken by Ansel Adams in 1938. I had never been to Yosemite when I first saw this picture. As someone who had no experience with snow the picture was magical. There was something about this picture that calls me to stand at Inspiration Point and take in what God created. Ansel Adams died on this day in 1984.
Today also marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day. While it has political roots, we only have to turn to Genesis "1:29 God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." Our job is to care for every plant, tree, beast, bird and each other. On this Earth Day take a minute to admire God's creation. Either look outside, or visit one of your favorite places through a virtual tour, but look at all that God has gifted us with and think about how we may care for the earth.
God, we thank you for all of creation. Inspire in us the desire and willingness to live into your call to us to care for the earth and all that is within it. In Christ's name, amen.