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The Outdoors – 7 May 2007
What a beautiful day! I did lots of yard work very early this
morning; then we took a long walk. The temperature was in the
seventies (Fahrenheit), with bright sunlight, and an occasional breeze
carrying the scent of blossoms.
I can well understand what some people feel when they say that being
outdoors with nature brings them closer to God. In the following poem
the poet Thomas Edward Brown expresses this idea very well:
By Thomas Edward Brown (1830-1897)
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Ferned grot –
The veriest school
Of peace: and yet the fool
Contends that God is not –
Not God! In gardens! When the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign:
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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