Posted by: tylere108 | April 8, 2011

Lenten Series: Fishes Today, Fishes Tomorrow

This week’s first post on Mark 8:1-9 talks about the way we can provide for those around us the way Jesus provided for the multitudes with seven loaves and a few small fish. But what about the way that we provide for each other, our communities and the world with the blessings that God has provided here on Earth.

Every day, God gives many of us fishes and loaves, literally, and this food sustains us and our children. In no place is this more apparent than in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Home multiple native Alaskan tribes for more than 2,000 years, this place provides thousands of fish every summer in the yearly salmon run. These fish fish feed every person, family and community for the rest of the year and many folks send salmon to family members around the state.

For 2,000 years, communities around the Bay have taken care of the fish and the water making sure that every year, the spawning salmon have a place to return to and can sustainably provide for the community. And to this day, this effort has been successful.

However, a proposal for a huge development project in Bristol Bay threatens the health of the salmon, the native communities, and future generations ability to enjoy the fruit of God’s land. Many of the native communities around the Bay are opposed to this development because they are aware of the long term impacts it would have on the salmon, their livelihoods and their children. Mark 8 reminds that we must provide for others the way Jesus provided for the multitudes, but we must also remember to be stewards of the fishes and loaves that we have already been given.

By protecting God’s gifts, we will ensure that these gifts are able to provide into the future. Click here to ask the EPA to protect the Bristol Bay and the abundance it provides to the community.

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This blog post is part of our Lenten Blog Series, based on our newest Earth Day Sunday education and worship resource on community called Where Two or More Are Gathered: Eco-Justice as Community.  Download the Earth Day resource here.

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