God, in his wisdom and through the millennia, has evolved and woven together a rich web of creatures and plants that sustains and propagates life and the variety of life that he obviously (because he made so much of it) loves. We’re blessed to be able to explore, understand, appreciate, and care for (when we rise to our role as stewards) those webs of life. To study the relationships and inter-dependencies within the natural environment is to witness God’s wondrous work, and to care for and steward God’s nature is to inculcate some of his spirit into ourselves. MRM
“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”
— Psalm 104: 24.
“There are two ways to live. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is.”
— Albert Einstein, What I Believe, 48.
Salish Magazine is a non-profit, secular, online magazine that explores (through articles, poems, photographs, videos, and paintings) the ecosystems of the Salish Sea, which are the details of God’s nature miracles close to me. I schedule at least one nature day a week, during which I go outside, explore, think about God’s nature, and pray.
Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature –
even a caterpillar –
I would never have to prepare a sermon.
So full of God is every creature.
— Meister Eckhart. Meditations with Meister Eckhart, Introductions and Versions by Matthew Fox. Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1983, pp.14-15.
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