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The Seventh Generation
By Amy Mueller, Minister, Gaetz Memorial United Church
September 17, 2018
The lazy, hazy days of summer - crops ripening under the sun, vegetables from our own gardens, fruit trucks laden with gifts from the orchards and animals grazing in the fields - ah, life is good!
Each year we are blessed to be part of the seasons that sustain us, blessed to live in a rich agricultural area, blessed by crops and gardens and farmers and yes, even by neighbours with an abundance of zucchini. We are blessed that in this little part of the world, healthy food and clean water contribute greatly to people living long, full lives, and that diseases like rickets and scurvy and malnutrition are almost unheard of.
Seven generation sustainability is a principle inspired by the laws of the Iroquois that maintains that decisions should be made with the best interests of the seventh generation to come in mind.
In Christian scripture, we read:
"The land has supplied a bountiful harvest,
and the True God, our God, has poured out His blessings to us all.
God is the source of our blessings;may every corner of the earth respect and revere Him." (Psalm 67: 6-7)
So, while we should celebrate and revel in the bountiful harvest around us, we should also take seriously the words that God "has poured out His blessings to us all". How can we live so that all God's people may share in the harvest and bounty, not just God's people in this time and this place? What decisions can we make so that seven generations from now, all God's people around the world might have healthy food?
Should we focus our energies on community gardens and eating foods produced in the local area? What about foods that come from further away, like watermelons and almonds and shellfish? What about sustainable farming practices?
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