Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spiritual Graces of Natural Places

by Dean Ohlman, Wonder of Creation

© Donna L. Watkins - Our Natural Place, Bluebird Cove
People contemplate the natural world to derive from it truth about God—our supernatural Creator—and our role as stewards of what He has made. Awareness of such truth and then living in accord with it connects us consciously to the supernatural, brings health to our souls, compels us to the worship of our Creator, and moves us toward community with all creatures that share the natural world with us.

No doubt this deeper meaning of the wild is the reason people still read Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. How is it that many of the values and concerns of a man who was born almost 200 years ago still seem to ring true to us?

The likely reason is that the real values and concerns of people have remained virtually unchanged from the beginning of human history. Modern technology, especially since the time of Thoreau, has allowed us to isolate and insulate ourselves from the realities of life we face in the wild natural places.

For that reason one could conclude that we need such wilderness today far more than ever before. Read the entire article.

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