Monday, August 2, 2010
In The Outermost House, Henry Beston says, "Nature is a part of our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery man ceases to be man. When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit, a very part of flesh and bone, man becomes, as it were, a kind of cosmic outlaw, having neither the completeness and integrity of the animal nor the birthright of true humanity."
He talks about the "meditative perception of the relation of 'Nature' to the human spirit." This classic book is about his experience living on the shore of Cape Cod for a year and observing the natural world.
Romans 1:20 says, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made." Through time spent outdoors in nature, savoring the creation, my spirit is refreshed by communion with God's Spirit.