Happy Earth Day – the 50th anniversary! It was April 22, 1970 and concerned citizens, in response to a multitude of environmental crises, took action by creating this day. It was to bring awareness to the importance of preserving our beautiful natural creation. Our earth is a gift from God and we are called to care for it and all its creatures, including ourselves.
Ever seeking a connection to this present moment – because it is so present to us – I went in search of a connection. I found this quote by Rachel Carson – one of my favorite female scientists – who is credited with starting the environmental movement in our country after the publication of her book Silent Spring.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson
It was a very difficult day today for so many reasons, and I know our seniors are hurting especially. They were on my mind all day. It was also a very beautiful spring day. I take comfort in Ms. Carson’s words and pray fervently that our students can as well. This moment of disappointment and pain will not last forever. But today we celebrate the hope that the beauty of our earth – a gift from our good God – surely will. May the beauty of this day bring peace, hope and renewed energy to stay focused on the incredible journey God has placed before each and every one of us. May we become emboldened knowing that “dawn comes after the night.”