September 18

Reflection

The beauty of the natural world opens us to the experience of God. It provides moments of serenity and union. Beauty is everywhere just waiting to be noticed. An inheritance from our primitive ancestors, this connection with nature lies deep within us. The sensitivity to and recognition of the sacred in nature fills us with peace. Most of us, whether or not we are members of a particular religious tradition, find spiritual nourishment in the natural world. It awes us, refreshes us, and soothes us. Its beauty is the primary revelation of God and it turns us toward God in spontaneous praise.

Prayer

I thank you my God for the beauty of this earth. Sensitize my spirit to be attuned with the song of praise sung by your creation.

Action

I will become more active in opposing all unnecessary destruction of the species and riches of this planet.

Suggested Reading

Behold the lilies of the field. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28-29

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows God’s handywork.
Pslam 19:1

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each
child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an antidote the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, and the alienation from the sources of our strength.
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

The good man is the friend of all living things.
Mahatma Gandhi

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
William Wordsworth

 

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