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Shmita (Sabbath of the Land) Speaker Series [10 Feb. and 14 Mar.]

This 2 Feb. 2021 announcement from Earth Ministry: “Earth Ministry/WAIPL is joining with Congregation Beth Shalom and the Shmita Project Northwest to host a distinguished speaker series in the months leading up to the Shmita Year 5782, which begins later this fall with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.“In the Jewish tradition, the Shmita Year … Continue reading Shmita (Sabbath of the Land) Speaker Series [10 Feb. and 14 Mar.]

God created abundance and variety of life . . . and called it good.

“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.

The pond, God’s wisdom, and life

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

Dear God, thank you for your nature.

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.

The Earth is a fine place and worth the fighting for . . .

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 . . .

Stopped by God’s Nature

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

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 … Continue reading Close to God in his nature: Creation.

Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature

     Earth brims with life. God obviously likes life and variety of life, since he put it everywhere. Upon this blue-green jewel he put us, too, and he chose to impart himself into us. Among species we’re the ones blessed to see and appreciate his nature. But with that spark of God—that freedom to see … Continue reading Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature