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Earth Day 2011 happens to occur on the same day as Good Friday.
My first intentions for today’s post was to create something purley fun like:
- Good Things This Friday (a few of my favorite things).
- Are You Always Good On Friday? (probing innocent mischief).
- Fun, Fun Friday (opening it up to my readers for comments & discussion).
In effort to let you, my readers, get to know me better.
But in researching this post, I came across an article that reminded me there is indeed a reason a lot of us have the day off of work:
Is Good Friday Good for the Earth?
The author’s words: “Christians have a long history of redeeming and sanctifying celebrations that were originally established for non-Christian purposes.” He also mentions the risks involved in such cross-pollination of observance.
Read the article and conclude for yourself if you agree with the author.
Dwelling On The Positive
I prefer to draw the happy from both Good Friday and Earth Day. If God created Earth, why shouldn’t we stick a candle in it and celebrate in versatile style? Green, blue, purple, yellow, etc.
Aren’t we capable of observing both…?
Versatile And Diverse
In pondering further my beliefs, and dwelling on previous experience, I recalled – quite pleasantly – several years’ work with international people. Individuals of many countries and most religions. I became a collector of globes, a fan of exploring human culture. This interaction led me to consider some things differently than I once had:
- Our world.
- Our people.
- My country.
- This Earth.
In turn, I developed a pretty open mind, and was led to keep very open relationships. As God’s people, we each have something to offer others — and we should celebrate that…embrace each other.
Celebrating Earth’s People
Naturally I am proud of my country – It’s place on this Earth. As Americans we are taught the history – That people of most other countries have come to the United States for whatever reason to claim a new life. Freedom. We’ve become the Earth’s melting pot!
As a musician, I am a fan of Neil Diamond. His song, “America,” is so profound – I get chills every time I listen to it. In my opinion, it is a fitting tribute of our Earth’s people.
Here is one version for you:
Did you get chills?
Interesting that a holy day observed since almost the beginning of time collides on our 2011 calendar with such a newly recognized celebration.
I will celebrate and observe both Good Friday and Earth Day. And I will celebrate YOU.
So I am curious! This is our opportunity to open things up and share together!!
Tell me more about your views…
Will you observe one or the other, or both?
How can we celebrate our similarities and embrace our differences?
Please share with me in the box below! 🙂