For years a small village in the Alps has offered a yearly vow to God asking Him to protect them from the advancing glacier nearby. The vow was established in 1678 was simple. The people of the village pledged to live virtuous lives. In exchange they asked God to spare their homes and livelihoods from being swallowed by Europe’s largest glacier as it expanded toward the valley with heavy winter snows.
Recent concerns over climate change have the villagers asking if they can begin seek God’s intervention for something new . Once the concern was the glacier encroaching on inhabited land. As the ice sheet shrinks, the concern has changed to flooding, and one day a lack of needed water. Revered Pascal Venetz of the local church is seeking to change the yearly vow. He recently warned his parishioners, “Glacier is ice, ice is water, and water is life Without the glacier the springs run dry and the brooks evaporate. Men and women face great danger. Alps and pastures vanish and towns die out.” Venetz said their motivation, instead of themselves. Simple. The people have seen changes around them, and realized the glacier might soon need to be saved
Village now seeks favor for glacier, http://www.telegram.com/article/20090807/NEWS/908070395/1052/rss01&source=rss, August 7, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Psalm 30:4-5 (CEV) “Your faithful people, Lord, will praise you with songs and honor your holy name. (5) Your anger lasts a little while, but your kindness lasts for a lifetime. At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate.”