Holiness in our Midst: Session 128

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Story Circle Prompt: What gift would you give Mother Nature for Mother’s Day?

Viewers were asked to respond to this evocative question on a Weather Channel program on the Monday after Mother’s Day, 2022. My answer has an immediate quality, given that today (April 27, 2023) the Mississippi River is overflowing its banks in several picturesque Iowa cities, including Burlington, where I spent two transformational high school years. Mother Nature seems in peril! If I had a magic wand to grant her three wishes, I would immediately declare every day to be Earth Day. Secondly, I would invite every country to take climate change seriously and, thirdly, I would empower individuals to be good stewards in their daily lives. My personal gift to Mother Nature this year is to be more conscious of the waste I generate, especially the number of plastic grocery bags and amount of packaging materials. What would you like to give back to Mother Nature?


  1. Read the above reflection. In your journal, answer the following: What do you believe to be Earth’s most pressing issue today? How can you address it?


  1.  Read aloud Session CXXVIII.
  2.  Ask each person to answer the Story Circle Prompt.

Holiness in Our Midst: Sharing Our Stories to Encourage and Heal is a monthly on-line feature created by Janis Pyle to facilitate sharing of our personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and spiritual practices with one another, especially through stories. Barriers are broken down when we begin to see all persons, even those with whom we disagree ideologically, as sacred and constantly attended to by a loving Creator. Each column is accompanied by a “story circle” prompt and study guides for personal and group reflection. To share your stories, contact Hannah Button-Harrison at communications@nplains.org. Janis Pyle can be reached at janispyle@yahoo.com

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