Close to God in his nature: Creation.

John Muir’s joy and inspiration in nature are evident in his experience at a glacier in Alaska:
“Standing here, with facts so fresh and telling and held up so vividly before us, every seeing observer, not to say geologist, must readily apprehend the earth-sculpturing, landscape-making action of flowing ice. And here, too, one learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes” resulting in the making of “mountains and valleys and plains of other predestined landscapes, to be followed by still others in endless rhythm and beauty.”
          —John Muir, Travels in Alaska, 1915.

“As you read [the Bible], you will find a God who not only breathed life into creation, but did so with the intention that creation would be a reflection of God and a connection to God. Both are evident in the earth’s continuing creativity, in its goodness, and in its power to sustain itself in an endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth.”
— “The Green Bible Trail Guide,” The Green Bible, 1221.

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