July 8

Reflection

In the length of daylight and the heat of the summer days, as thunderstorms crack against the sky and as you visit the shore or spend time on vacation out of the concrete of the city, silently meditate on the vastness of the universe, the majesty of the ocean, the power of natural forces and the connection we each have within this one creation.

Prayer

How wonderful, O God, are
the works of your hands!…A Divine
Voice sings through all Creation!
A Jewish Prayer to honor God’s Creation

Action

Today as we move through our daily routines, let us be conscious
of the unity of all creation, human and non-human. This reverence and
care is our responsibility to all beings.

Suggested Reading

I mean to sing to Yahweh all my life,
I mean to play for my God as long as I live
May these reflections of mine give
Yahweh pleasure as much as Yahweh gives me!
Psalm 104: 33 -35

There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment.
Thomas Berry 

if we know anything for certain about Jesus, it is that he was in love with the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, the fishes, sheep, and goats, the sun and the rain falling, the mustard seeds and the fig trees. That is to say, he was in love with them enough to pray to them, which means to enter into them, to be transformed by them.
Matthew Fox

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
Rainer Maria Rilke

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
John Calvin

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
Ray Bradbury

Contemplate the wonders of creation, the Divine dimension of their being, not as a dim configuration that is presented to you from a distance, but as the reality in which you live.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

 There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.
Wendell Berry

 

 

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