Joel 2:21-22 Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

When I think about salvation, I usually reflect on what it means for human beings. The vast majority of faith formation rightly focuses on human life and how over time we can conform and are transformed by the indwelling work of God. Joel helps us expand this vision to consider the implications of God’s salvation upon all creation.

Yet God’s love is not bound to specific species or objects or items. God loves us and is also in love with all of creation. The saints often reflect this deep insight into the love of God. The love and care for creation exhibited by Saint Francis and Saint Seraphim are two blessed examples. Does this mean how I engage with and care for creation impacts my spiritual life? It just might.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time in God’s creation today.