In-Sight: God in the World

I’m glad that I married Jeannie for a lot of reasons.  But one is that she has helped me to see the world.  She’s lived in a lot more of it than I have, having grown up in an Air Force family.

But time and again, her words have come true for me:  “One of the best educations you will ever receive is as you travel.”

Her insight and edification  came back to mind as I celebrated Bernard of Clairvaux’s life today.  On one occasion he wrote, “You will find God better in the woods than in books.”

I realize that any “one liner” can be misinterpreted, and you have to read much more in this great saint in order to understand even this sentence.

But in a world where we stay indoors, under artificial light, and with our faces buried in our various “screens,” Bernard’s words are an important reminder.

Thanks, Bernard, and Jeannie, for giving me a vision of God in the world.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to In-Sight: God in the World

  1. Sharon says:

    What a lovely expression of love. John commented to me that during a recent wedding he enjoyed listening to Jeannie laugh when you were being funny.

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