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The Resistance Prays

January 22, 2019
By Kathryn Berg

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From the New York Times: Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting so quickly that it may have reached a “tipping point,” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
"Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand...From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?...Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?" - Job 38: 3-4, 29-30, 34
Can You Cover Yourself with a Flood of Water?
The Arctic is warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet, and Monday’s study indicates that the ice loss in Greenland, which lies mainly above the Arctic Circle, is speeding up as the warming increases. As one glaciologist put it, “What’s happening today is well beyond the range of what could be expected naturally...The human fingerprint on Greenland melting today is unequivocal.”
Rising sea levels, caused both by thermal expansion of the oceans and by the melting of ice sheets on land, are one of the clearest consequences of global warming. As sea levels continue to rise, millions more people will be exposed to coastal flooding. The Greenland study, together with a study of ice loss in Antarctica published last week, suggests that the planet is warming even faster than we thought, and that predictions of global warming have, if anything, been too conservative.
Though virtually all reputable scientists agree that humans are causing global warming, one took issue with the use of  ‘tipping point’ as suggesting that we’ve passed the point of no return. She emphasized that there is still cause for hope if humans will actively work to fight climate change.
In these times, the voice from the storm seems like a clarion call.  Though most of Job 38 is beyond our ken, it turns out that in our failure to care for our planet, we can indeed cover ourselves with a flood of water. As God continues to call to us from the storm, let us, like Job, repent in dust and ashes, and increase our efforts to mitigate global warming.
There are a number of organizations that work for climate justice and to fight climate change, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, EarthJustice, the National Resources Defense Council, and many more. Choose one and get involved; contribute your time and if you can, your money.
God of the whirlwind, teach us to take time daily to hear your voice and let it be our guide. Open our eyes and hearts to the beauty and majesty of our planet, and let it inspire us. Give us strength and direction as we work to ameliorate the damage we have caused. Amen.
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