On this Christmas Eve, 2020, we read this in the New Testament about Jesus and creation:“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and earth were created, things visible and invisible . . . all things’ have been created through him and for … Continue reading Jesus and creation
Posted below is the link for the 2016 Film4Climate Global-Video-Competition Winner, a competition sponsored by Connect4Climate. Spencer Sharpe’s short film “Three seconds” is humbling: it distinguishes smarts from wisdom, self from interconnection, and extinction from living. In 4 minutes and 23 seconds, “Three Seconds” condenses the impact of 140,000 years of human existence on Earth. … Continue reading Three Seconds of Human Existence
“11Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation’ . . . And it was so. . . . 20And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky. . . . 21 And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them … Continue reading God created abundance and variety of life . . . and called it good.
I sit beside a pond in Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, where I’m surrounded by life and color. I feel blessed to be in this quiet place—to reflect, pray, write my thoughts, and give thanks. The pond milieu went silent when I arrived. The residents disappeared until they became used to this new creature arrived … Continue reading The pond, God’s wisdom, and life
On 22 April 2020, Earth Ministry in Washington State released this 15-minute multifaith Earth Day video: Earth Day Northwest https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=t5hRyGI-9MA&emci=638d5e19-a290-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&emdi=8c2ac6e9-ac90-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4216587
Early this morning, before the neighborhood had awakened, I listened and watched, and I heard and saw your current of natural life. There was not yet a hum of traffic created by a stream of cars traveling to the Bainbridge Island ferry, nor was there yet a buzz overhead as red-eye flights arrived into Seattle … Continue reading Dear God, thank you for your nature.
During this morning’s writing, I downloaded the NASA photograph of Earth that’s titled the “blue marble, after which I went outside to watch the sun rise. I reveled in seeing the clear, blue sky, the evergreens standing tall—as they have for decades, the placid waters of Port Orchard Bay, the robins hopping about and seeking … Continue reading The Earth is a fine place and worth the fighting for . . .
God’s nature stopped me recently. I paused, looked, listened, and prayed thanks. That morning I was churning through a myriad of chores, and as I was rushing out the door to get to my tasks, having hustled through the process of showering, dressing, and eating, I stepped into the outdoors. Wow! An eagle glided by … Continue reading Stopped by God’s Nature
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 … Continue reading Close to God in his nature: Creation.
20Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens,” . . . 21and God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply” . . . 24Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth … Continue reading The God of life and variety of life