Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Today’s camp lesson from the AT: nothing in God’s creation does not belong. Every expression of life on planet earth is intrinsically good and of sacred worth; and everything has a purpose, a special role to play, because the Creator of us all made it that way. This good earth and the living community that inhabits it is a space of belonging for all that has life. The love of God in Jesus says to each of us, that as members of the family of creation holding infinite value in the eyes of God you too are good, valued, loved, and made for a purpose. We are all made for more than we usually settle for; so as a responsible member of life on planet earth, Dream big and live boldly and love sincerely in Jesus’ name; if we do this we will all enjoy life together as we celebrate our collective belonging.
The health of the whole is dependent on the well-being of all of its members. Everything belongs; so we should treat all things as if each DOES belong in our lives. This is the golden rule; treat others as we’d like to be treated. When we treat other creatures and parts of the environment as if it does not belong, the land will spit us out as if we do not belong.
We should treat other living things with the same respect and care that we afford our own bodies; because we all belong in God’s world as each new day we are embraced in our Creator’s amazing love.