Like the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians Christians [4:17] I say thank you for your support for God’s church. Your gen- erosity is pleasing to God. Your stewardship is credited to your account. We thank you and urge that we all strive to be stewards of god’s creation in whom He is well pleased. As stewards, we are not owners but privileged managers or caretakers of God’s crea- tion and according to Matthew 22:21 we are to ‘give to the emper- or the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s.
During the 49th session of our [Diocese of the North Eastern Carib- bean & Aruba] synod, held last week we were reminded that we are to care for ourselves and others, for all God created – time, health, environment, relationships, the gospel, property and tal- ents. Delegates were urged to use them all ‘to serve God and our fellow human beings out of love and gratitude for these gifts.’ We were reminded that because life is the first and greatest gift our greatest responsibility is to care for it, thus we need to exercise stewardship of health, of body, mind and spirit; stewardship of re- lationships and the gospel, as well as stewardship of our material resources – money property and the environment.
As delegates were urged last week so I urge us to all to redouble our efforts at giving and caring and allow God, our Father to guide us in the management of His creation, the things He has made available to us and has commanded us to care for. May God, Al- mighty give us the wisdom to examine the way we live and the manner in which we use our gifts so that we take action and be- come better stewards of His creation.