Readings: Daniel 6:16-23, I Peter 1:3-9, Mark 4:35-41
Did you see the article in Sunday’s paper, “Mexican farmers use tiny fireflies to save forest,” by Lulu Orozco? Some small towns on the outskirts of Mexico City and at the edge of the pine and fir forests were looking for ways to cut back on logging and still make a living. In 1990 a community leader “got the idea that the forest could bring tourism revenue from campers.” Business was slow until 2011 when community members realized that the millions of fireflies around the forest could draw tourism. They can cut fewer trees down and still earn a living by giving firefly tours. Farmers in the co-op don’t use insecticides, which protects the fireflies, and the fireflies help preserve the forest. The article said fewer people worldwide see the bright little bugs anymore, due to massive deforestation and urban growth. Some species are facing extinction. Fireflies are such fantastic little creatures. I was just mesmerized the first time I saw them back east. I’d be giddy in Nanacamilpa Mexico with a million fireflies blinking in sync around me! I’m impressed that the community would work together to change their livelihood and history to benefit the forest and the fireflies. They are really leaving an inheritance for the earth. In the reading from I Peter we see “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you…” What a wonderful inheritance we have. God grant courage and insight to those of you who work to leave a valuable inheritance to our planet. May the Lord guide all of us who shine His light and work to share the eternal inheritance and living hope we have in Christ to those in the dark.
Living in His mercy and light with you, Tracy