We “make way” for our seemingly insatiable appetite for larger homes, the latest trend in coffee shops, more outlet malls or yet another megaplex theater without considering the disruption to the existence of other living things around us. Urban sprawl—the migration of people from towns and cities to low-density residential development, over more and more rural land—comes with a high cost to critters other than ourselves. We are not so slowly dismantling the ecosystem we need to sustain us.
Although extinction is a normal part of how our world evolves, according to endangeredearth.com, “the current extinction crisis is unique, in that the loss of biodiversity is occurring very rapidly, and the causes of the crisis are the activities of a single species: human beings.”
“For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.” (Psalms 50:10-11).
This message is an excerpt from “Make way for God’s creatures” by Venice R. Williams in the January/February 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, who died in 1960.
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