Mar 25, 2020Warm and Form

Warm and Form

Connecting with our Creator through the first creation, nature.

Kim Snodgrass One-minute read.   Resources
Missouri Dogwood Image credit: Timothy K Hamilton

With springtime upon us in the midst of COVID-19, it may be even more important to stick our noses out the door to warm and form. Creation brings people closer to the Creator.

Everyone can nurture an authentic appreciation for and amazement of creation. Being outdoors or just looking out the window can awaken us to the knowledge that we are part of something bigger than ourselves – which often offers us humbling and eye opening experiences.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel offers a wonderful description of spiritual. “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

In Genesis over half the time God spent creating was spent on our natural environment, so it must be pretty important. What better place is there to be amazed than right outside our door!

Children especially begin to feel this connection through and with their parents, but nature offers people of all ages a context for prayer, a place to see, touch, smell and even taste. In turn, this helps us learn about love, build respect for all life and reconnect with God.

Kim Snodgrass is Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

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