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.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Welcome of Wild Spaces (good for the soul)

There comes a time every day when, for the good of my soul, I need to receive the welcome of wild spaces; to be drawn into a most diverse sense of community teeming with life in all its forms. The pressures, stresses, worries, and expectations of human society fall away as I am once again drawn into a greater awareness of the dance of life which is orchestrated by none other than the same Spirit of God that lives in me.  In a moment of clarity the madness gives way to peace.

Jesus, is this what it was like for you when you would go to isolated places to pray?

While I thank God for the call to serve as a pastor, while I thank God for the work that I've been given to share the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, and while I thank God for every opportunity I am given to equip, encourage, and empower others to live lives of love with the help of God; I thank God also for moments of retreat and rejuvenation in the context of community that consists of mountains and valleys, of lakes and of rivers, of white-tailed deer and of cedar waxwings and of dragonflies, and spiders and so much more. My heart overflows with thankfulness and is refreshed by the welcome of wild spaces. Thanks be to God.
















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