Environmental God

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“In the created world around us we see the Eternal Artist, Eternal Love at work,” so said Evelyn Underhill.

The created order helps me explore God’s fathomless mind. George Mac Donald hungered to know God. “Thy mind, my Master, I will dare explore; what we are told, that we are meant to know. Into thy soul I search yet more and more, led by the lamp of my desire and woe. If thee, my Lord, I may not understand, I am a wanderer in a houseless land, a weeping thirst by hot winds ever fanned.”

Here in the Northwest we love the out-of-doors and sometimes confuse it for God. Nature is not God, but it points to God–it is the handiwork of God. Nature is a clue, a hint.

You cannot love God and destroy God’s handiwork, for you are a steward of what is on loan from God.

Wendell Berry is one of this old soul’s guides: Meditate on his “In a Country Once Forested.”

The young woodland remembers
The old, a dreamer dreaming

Of an old holy book,
an old set of instructions,

and the soil under the grass
is dreaming of a young forest,

and under the pavement the soil
is dreaming of grass.

This old soul believes we love God with our mind and in the creation we find something of God’s mind, just as I find the mind of an author in her literature or the artist in his painting.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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