29 August 2020 | oikoumene.org
* By Susan Kim
With a great deal of joy and enthusiasm, Seraphim of Zimbabwe kindly shared his reflections on the Season of Creation, observed annually from 1 September to 4 October. From a young child until the present, he has lived each day caring for the earth, both physically and spiritually, in large and small ways.
What is your spiritual inspiration as we approach the Season of Creation?
Seraphim of Zimbabwe: Jesus Christ and also the Orthodox leaders who, with one voice, are teaching us to take good care of God's holy earth. The Season of Creation is an important opportunity to organize in a better way our parishioners for ecological events with the participation of all the members of the community in order to organize ourselves for ecological action for the whole year.
Because Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are everywhere present and fill all things, this gives us a holy vision in which we recognize that the life of God exists in all things, everywhere in the world. Observant Christians for this reason have respect for all things in the creation and treat every living thing, every person, every animal, every bird, every tree and every leaf with love, care and respect. This creates a harmless way of living that any person can step into. We just have to say yes to God and do his will "on earth as it is in heaven."