By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

The earth connects us intimately with the presence of God. Innately, children know this. “I saw God in the rainbow, in the rainstorm, in the sunny day” they tell us, never needing to unlearn and relearn God’s presence knit within creation. The children have always known what we have forgotten. Our care for the earth is a way to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

Whether your connection to the earth is as limited as the view out your bedroom window, as expansive as the newly opened golf courses, as well ordered as a daily walk, or as rugged as the nearest hiking trail, you have a daily opportunity to notice and pay attention to God’s presence in nature. 

Start small. Think about your day. Try to write down three key ways you connected to the earth today. Then write the words, “Thank you God” after each. Noticing and gratitude are simple, tangible ways to pray.

May the prayer below by Henri Nouwen inspire you to connect more deeply to God in nature.

Let us pray:

Let the beauty of the land deepen my joy
as well as my sorrow.
and thus draw me closer to you
my Lord and my Redeemer.
Amen.
—Henri Nouwen, 1932–1996

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