This summer, when we were in central Colorado, I learned of a jasper mine that had been in the area and had not been worked in several decades. I was reminded of a set of Anglican prayer beads I had made from jasper, turquoise, and silver beads. Minerals like these come from mountains like these. Human beings have the gifts that are necessary to transform raw material into many things that serve humanity, including my prayer beads.
We are stewards of these treasures from the earth as well as the creative gifts that we have been given by our Creator God. What we do with all the gifts is important to God and to the universe we are privileged to inhabit!