“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!” vss. 3-4
The psalmist was full of joy and was searching for ways to offer thanks and praise to God. His words reveal a connection that many have last as populations abandon the soil in favor of concrete jungles and high-rise buildings. As we continue to lose ourselves in our Google searches and smart-phone connections we move away from simple appreciation of the natural world. But not all of us! Some are learning that unplugging is probably the best way to become open to the interconnectedness of all creation. Native religions have never lost this sense of holiness in the natural and regularly remind us that mountains and forests have souls and the same relationship to the Creator as humans. God moves in and through all things…sun, moon, planets, and stars…in amazing and profound ways. It’s not that we should begin to worship those things…but rather that we should join with them in offering praise and glory to God. Some might call this a new kind of environmental consciousness…and perhaps that’s what it is. God knows that we have abused our environs for far too long. Rather than seeing ourselves as partners with the creation in offering thanks to God, we’ve seen nature as something to be plundered and exploited…with dire consequences that we’re only now slowly beginning to realize.
Thought for the Day: What does it mean to worship nature?