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Topic: Blessed (10/11/12)
TITLE: God's Green Cathedral
By Barbara Mahler
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After losing my job several months ago I began taking a daily walk in a nearby park.
“Maybe a walk will lift my spirits.” I heard myself saying aloud when I set out on the first day.
Through spring, summer and now into fall I’ve continued this daily respite – one that does indeed lift my spirits.
I’ve taken in the beauty of God’s green cathedral and decided that only God knows how many shades of green embellish the beauty in His trees. I revel as I gaze at the sparkling leaves – perhaps really seeing for the first time the gem-like effect that the gorgeous early morning sun provides.
As the fall season transitions the reflection of the trees on the lake forms a kaleidoscope of color that changes from day to day.
Allowing myself to take advantage of the opportunity to sit and do nothing I notice the chip monks scampering back and forth. “Oops,” their hesitation almost seems to say, “there’s someone else here today.”
The clamor overhead shifts my attention upward and I can’t help but notice the V-formation flight of the geese and I’m reminded of the lesson they teach – when the lead bird tires, it moves out of the lead position, falls back into one of the lines of the V and another assumes the lead position.
Rounding a bend on my walk path I’ve heard myself laugh out loud at the ducks swimming in the lake in a bobbing-for-apples position - dunking so far down in the water that only their tail feathers are visible.
The most remarkable event – the most uplifting of all occurs on sunny days when a breeze blows through the water that gushes from a fountain mid-point in the lake causing a many-hued rainbow to form. This truly reminds me that despite its struggles and strife life has rainbow moments and that I must continue to seek them out.
The blessedness of nature reminds me to take comfort as well in the words of Scripture particularly the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Mt 6:25-27 (New American Bible):
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
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