In-Sight: The Sacredness of Nature

In retirement, my good friend (Bob Putnam) takes me on a hike each month.  Bob has literally “walked the trails” of Florida and many other places for more than 40 years.  Each hike confirms more and more what St. Francis knew–as captured by Richard Rohr…

Francis granted true dignity and subjectivity to nature by calling it Brother Sun, Sister Fire, Brother Wind, and Sister Water. No wonder he is the patron saint of ecology and care for creation.

Once you grant subjectivity to the natural world, everything changes. It’s no longer an object with you as the separated and superior subject, but you share subjectivity with it. You address it with a title of respect, and allow it to speak back to you!

The created order reveals God in ways asphalt and flourescent lighting cannot.  There is a true “wonder” in creation.  Bob Putnam is helping me discover it.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to In-Sight: The Sacredness of Nature

  1. Robert Fulton says:

    This causes me to think of the hymn , ” For the beauty of the earth , for the glory of the skies ,for the love which from our birth ,over and around us lies ; Lord of all to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.”

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