As some of us take off on summer breaks to explore new places and rest awhile, let us take some time to remember our duty to our kin and allow our sense of our interconnectedness, our place in a Kin-dom, to inform our decisions about travel and purchases.
When Jesus says ‘we are one body’ a phrase repeated every time we exchange the peace in church, we are proclaiming ourselves as global citizens and as such we are called to honour God’s glorious creation and treasure it for future generations.
Once we see the ‘Kingdom of God’ as the place where heaven touches earth then it is about so much more than the paradise holiday island which, as the article explains, should explanation be needed, will soon be beneath the waves.
The Kin-dom of God where heaven touches earth is when all species and nations can flourish without the subjugation of some for the luxuries of others.
It is a promised land where there is a true sense of the value of all species and where there is full recognition of the place each member plays in protecting the other.
If you have the joy of a holiday this summer, I hope that you can honour the world around you and make your choices of where and when to go in ways that reflect the Kin-dom of God.
I hope you return refreshed by new places and experiences; if instead you remain local I hope that you can value the small things and the time away from your normal routines.