Friday, April 30, 2010


I put my tin can into the recycling. It is pretty small in that big bin. I refuse to use chemicals on the lawn and in the garden and I watch my neighbors haul 50 lb bags of the stuff out of their cars. I guard the creek by our home from the destruction wrought by kids who want to climb trees and pull out eggs and baby birds, who want to make turtles into pets, knowing that since we are at the bottom of the street and the storm drain runs into our creek we are killing the wildlife with all the chemicals anyway.

And today my soul is weeping over the oil spill in the gulf. Weeping. It is seeping out through my pours. Can we not weep over the loss of nature? The pain and destruction of eco-systems? The destruction of wildlife who have no idea why their ways are not working ...why they cannot fly, cannot fish, cannot breed?

My efforts seem a waste. The only reason I can think of to continue is because this is the way to peace for my own soul. It seems to have precious little real impact on anything else.


Krissi said...

As a resident of a coastal state, I adamantly oppose off-shore drilling for fear of a spill. I love my ocean like it is my own. I watch this catastrophic disaster and am in despair that what I fear has happened. It makes me sick to my stomach to watch and even more so that it has not opened the eyes of those who are trying to push off-shore drilling forward. It is just so profoundly sad. I think Jesus is in tears this week, more than usual.

Sandy & Rob said...

This is an incident that has rocked our office... I work with people who spent months on that rig. We weep too for the 11 people that will never be found. BP really needs to be called to the mat on this - their safety practises have not always been the best, and this is their second major incident in the southern states (google "Texas City"). (Note that they are the operators, not TransOcean - they just supplied the rig.) Huge lawsuits are sometimes the only thing that speaks to these guys. There is a saying in oil & gas circles - the safety dollars you spend before an incident are a lot less than the clean-up dollars you spend afterwards. If they aren't hit in the wallet they won't learn. With best practises in place, these things are entirely avoidable.