Parish Link - November 2022

Queen Elizabeth II

Funded by the Creator

Dear Friends,

I had a bit of a shock this week. I got my energy bill!

I knew about the rising fuel prices, but it was all the other things that took me by surprise. Everything was itemised.

Our household of four had managed to breathe in over 4 million litres of air this month. So, there was the photosynthesis charge for that.

Next, the four of us used about half a million litres of water. We didn’t drink all that, of course. This was the water that went into producing our food, our clothing, our gadgets, and who knows what else. All I can tell you is that it added up.

Then there were the bee and insect levies on top of that.

And not to forget the Natural Health Service contribution. Thankfully we’d only watched three sunsets this month. But I had indulged in a dawn chorus. And my little girl seems to have spent hours watching the clouds. One of us got up in the middle of the night to watch the stars – hello starlight premium charge!

So, you can imagine that I hardly dared look at the second page of the bill, or the third one.

But the true shock came on the last page. This is what it said: All the items listed above under the heading ‘Creation’ are provided free of charge. All costs incurred are carried by The Creator. To find out more about the Creator, visit your local church.

So, no premium fees for starlit skies, no payment for insect services, nothing to pay to the trees for the oxygen they provided, all-inclusive unlimited sunsets. It was all funded by The Creator.

At the very end of the bill there was an invitation, to join the Creator in his Mission: If you have enjoyed this generous gift, join me, the Creator of heaven and earth, to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Which is what I try to do. How about you?

Blessings and peace to you all

Revd Johannes Nobel, Vicar