This season marks one that we share regardless of the land mass we live on. In Africa, North America, Australia, if you’re one following the story of Christ, this week marks the mysterious turn. HOPE for AIDS Project Coordinator Amj Clapham shares what’s on her mind as we approach the remembering of that pivotal weekend.
Story written by: Amj Clapham/Edited by HOPE for AIDS
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the starts, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made hime a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.
Some people, such as the writer of Psalm 8, see God’s hand in the heavens, beautiful stars flung into space. I am different. I see God’s creation in green.
I am a child of the 70s. My parents were lovers of nature. Dad loved geology and mum loved plants and flowers. They would come back from holiday with hundreds of photos of every flower that crossed their path when they went bush walking. Consequently, I too am a lover of nature.
As I write, I sit at a tea estate. For the last two days, I have been marveling at the different shades of green. Just one word, green, doesn’t nearly do the color justice. Why so many shades of green? Did the creator do it for pleasure or was there something else? In this digital age, we see color charts that display some of these shades but God’s creation is way beyond any human digital color-chart. Is he showing us his power and glory?
Recently, I have been trying to learn to draw. I often struggle to start, as the pencil or pastel set has one or two or three greens. Where do you begin?
As a child, I thought there was just one green. Simple. Trees are green. Grass is green. As an adult, I see God’s hand in the infinite shades.
That God who created the skies, land, stars, life itself and, this one color with many shades also created us and gave us ownership over all of this is almost too much to comprehend.
Please pray for Malawi. Deforestation is a huge problem here, but it will continue until a sustainable energy source is found for the villagers, and even the city dwellers. Cutting trees has made the impact of the recent floods here much worse. As stewards of our greenspace, we are desperate for a solution. This week, will you remember us as we experience the impact of our own use of land? Prayers for innovation. prayers for continued relief and development after the floods. Prayers of thanks that we are not without hope.
Amj Clapham is a HOPE for AIDS coordinator for the central region of Malawi. She is involved in every part of the effort such as training volunteers and peer educators, encouraging and training day care teachers and working with youth. She has been in Malawi for four years and is based in Lilongwe.