Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” vss. 24, 30

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

The psalmist understood the basics! All things have come into existence through the Lord and all things are sustained by the Lord. There is nothing whose source of being is not the Lord! For that reason, the psalmist daily gave thanks and praise to God for everything he perceived with any of his senses, and more than that, he believed that every living creature had that same relationship with God. When this great truth fills our hearts we begin to see the natural world from a different perspective. Like St. Francis we find solidarity with the creatures of the forest and the birds of the air. We feel the Spirit of God in walks through natural landscapes, and relish the sound of the wind through the boughs of pine forests. Paradoxically we find that “wilderness areas” can provide food for our souls and breathe new life into our wounded spirits. Oh how God’s blessings can abound when we sense solidarity, not only with other humans, but with every whale and condor, and even monarch butterflies! Worship opportunities are expanded to all the days of the week, and redwood forests become our great cathedrals! Our God is more expansive than we can even imagine!

Thought for the Day: What blessings can come from a walk in a park?


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