Screened in porch time is not just relaxing to the body but also calming for the soul; it’s more than peaceful but a sense of being embraced; it’s more than feeling at home but also connected to the larger natural order; and it’s more than wonder but also a holy awe and reverence. I hope that summer has invited you into a fresh engagement with creation. Whether it’s a hike with the kids in Colorado, sitting on the dock at Lake of the Ozarks, an evening stroll through the Loose Park rose garden we find ourselves enlivened by the splendor of creation and we notice something shifting within us. If you have been to a happy place in God’s created beauty this summer, send me a photo or a word to describe it.
How do we respond to this bounty? Not just consciously but subconsciously? How does this immersion into summer’s fullness awaken something within us? Dr. Mike Graves and I will explore this topic over the next two weeks in a sermon series called “Creation Cares.” Creation cares for us. And we care for creation. I like how Wendell Berry describes this relationship we share, a kinship that was born of the Divine and waits for our reply..
Since, despite the stern demands
Grace and Peace,