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.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Peripheral Gratitude

Walking across town this morning I was struck by the beauty of that which exists on the periphery of my life experience as I invest myself in my responsibilities during the work week.

I'm filled with gratitude for the moments every day, and for the one day each week when I am able to take time to bring into center focus that which during the work week exists largely on the periphery of my life experiences; blooming wildflowers (what a fantastic year it’s been for wildflowers!), the chipmunk and squirrels that live in our back yard, the fish crows that hang around the neighborhood, the vultures, eagles, and hawks that ride the wind high above, fireflies at dusk, and so much more!

What is it for you, when considering your life experiences, that exists in your periphery? Singing birds, blooming flowers, a friendly neighbor who often extends a kind greeting whom during the week you only get to see in passing...

If you are to take a moment to bring into center focus that which exists on the periphery of your life’s experience, what gratitude fills your heart?

Furthermore, what peripheral blessings in your life’s experience would you dearly miss if they were gone?

As we seek to live into community with all that has life in Jesus’ name, let’s take a moment to count our blessings and express our thankfulness, even for those blessings which exist on the periphery of our life’s experience.



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