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Psalm 144:5 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
The traditional Native Hawaiians believe that the Halema‘uma‘u Crater is home to the goddess of fire, Pelehonuamea (She who shapes the sacred land). She destroys with lava but creates new land in the process. We met Native Hawaiians who accepted this belief and those who didn’t. And we heard from those who contextualized the stories with their Christian beliefs.
As I watched the lava flow into the sea, I could only think that to live on an island, at the base of an active volcano, in the middle of the ocean, is to live at the mercy of God’s created order. I witnessed firsthand God creating something new by giving birth to new land.
MOVING FORWARD: Today, research and read the stories of the Native Hawaiians, as we honor and remember Kamehameha and Emma of Hawaii, who founded the Anglican Church of Hawaii.