Dear TLS Campus Community,
In Christian Studies this term, we have been talking about sin and grace. In one section we focussed on the impact of sin in the world. We asked the students to write a letter from God to themselves addressing one impact of sin – littering and pollution. Following is Amber’s letter – reproduced with her permission.
It is nice to be able to communicate with you. This is God, if you didn’t know. But you felt something warm and friendly when you touched this letter, and you thought it was something special. You are correct.
But I am not writing this letter to you to talk to you casually. I want to tell you about something that I see in the world. I want to talk to you about Pollution and Littering.
When I look at my world, I smile. But then I frown. I look at humans like you. Happy, friendly humans (mostly). But then I look at the ground you humans stand on and I see rubbish. I look at your sky and I see smoke. I look at your oceans and I see poor animals defeated by a single piece of plastic. This doesn’t make me feel very good. Yes, I love this world, but it could do with some… improvements.
It is a simple problem to solve. But I just need people to cooperate. Everyone just needs to make sure they put the rubbish in the bin and in the correct bin. I also want people to stop using so much plastic. Use environmentally friendly items. This will help lower the amount of rubbish on the ground. For pollution, people need to make sure they turn off their electric appliances when not in use. Use environmentally friendly light bulbs etc. I know an amount of people already do these things, but we need more people helping. Doing these small things each day can really help the environment and I can make the place you live on more enjoyable.
Now, there is something I want you specifically to do about all of this. I want you to tell everyone that doing all of these things I have informed you of, can help our world and make it a better place. Tell them that just doing these things can help not just our world, but everyone. It will have a major impact, (this time a good major impact…) and it will make the world you all live on more pleasant and a happier place.
Thank you for reading this. Now, go and tell everyone about how we can take away the pollution and littering in this world. You may give hints that I have told you this and mention that I want you all to help, but please do not tell them about this letter. You do not need to write back to Me, you just have to pray to Me each night and tell Me how it is going. Of course, I will know how it is going, but I would like to contact you again.
Yours Almighty, God
Apart from addressing the issue, I love the sense of relationship that Amber has in her letter. Another student finished her letter with ‘PS The angels said to say hi to you.’ It is wonderful to see students thinking about what God would say to them. If God wrote you a letter about something that is happening in your life, what would he say?
I know that what ever else He said, the letter would finish with:
All my love,
Have a fabulous week,
Year 6/7 Teacher.