The mystery of nature

I shall open my eyes and ears. Once every day I shall simply stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person. I shall not then be concerned at all to ask what they are but simply be glad that they are. I shall joyfully allow them the mystery of what [C. S.] Lewis calls their “divine, magical, terrifying and ecstatic” existence.

–Clyde Kilby (1902 – 1986)

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Heaven breaking through

All that is sweet, delightful, and amiable in this world, in the serenity of the air, the fineness of the seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrancy of smells, the splendor of precious stones, is nothing else but Heaven breaking through the veil of this world . . .

–William Law

The Sacred Romance

Someone or something has romanced us from the beginning with creek-side singers and pastel sunsets, with the austere majesty of snow capped mountains and the poignant flames of autumn colors telling us of something – or someone – leaving with a promise to return. These things can, in an unguarded moment, bring us to our knees with longing for this something or someone who is lost; someone or something only our hearts recognizes.

–John Eldredge

Surrounded by miracles

Miracles happen everyday.
Change your perception of what a miracle is
and you’ll see them all around you.

–Jon Bon Jove

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Giving meaning to “glory”

Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.

— C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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Made to be “spectators”

Every human being is
“formed to be a spectator
of the created world – and given eyes
that he might be led to its Author
by contemplating so beautiful
a representation.”

–John Calvin (1509 – 1564)
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An ancient heresy

The Church as been infected from almost the start with ancient Greek heresies that saw earthly matter and the human body as sub-par and “spirit” alone as desirable. Under this sinister influence, some in the Church depicted the Faith as salvation from the human body and this world. Biblical Christianity – thank God! — repudiated this heresy. Our Faith contends that only sin — not creation — is evil, and that this present world should be subordinated to Christ’s authority. Sin, not God’s world, is the problem.

–P. Andrew Sandlin  

Nature’s laughter

Earth laughs in flowers.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 – 1882)

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Name one thing…

Name one thing that is not
ultimately a miracle.

–Author unknown

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Super natural living

In The Travail of Nature, Paul Santmire invites us to imagine that we are climbing a mountain. There are two alternatives that we are asked to consider as we make our way up the mountain: either we keep our gaze firmly fixed upwards, unaware of all around us as we journey towards the transcendent light above . . .

On the other hand, we may choose to look around us as we make the journey, our eyes drinking in the beauty and glory of the mountain scenery …
look up or look around.

The first perspective – which Santmire describes in the metaphor of ascent – implies a form of spirituality that takes us not just towards God, but away from nature, away from the physical world around us. The second metaphor, that of fecundity (or lush fruitfulness), invites us into an awareness and appreciation of the rich goodness of creation. The second alternative suggests that, in the words of Sally McFague, we need to be not just supernatural Christians, but ‘super, natural’ Christians!

–Graham Buxton

Millons of wonders

There are no seven wonders of the world
in the eyes of a child.
There are seven million.

–Walt Streightiff

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Glimpses of heaven

When you painted on earth . . .
it was because
you caught glimpses of Heaven
in the earthly landscape.

–C. S. Lewis

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The beauty of the world
is Christ’s tender smile for us
coming through matter.

–Simone Weil (1909 – 1943)

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