Shumway Hill Road 2:00pm 9/17/2019
Wild neighbors come in a great variety of sizes and shapes.
Driving up Shumway Hill for a Communion visit this afternoon my attention was captured by the way that the sky, blue as sapphire was complimented ever so sharply by fields of goldenrod that seemed to me like golden-yellow sunbeams bursting up from the earth. And a great many insects were buzzing about, dancing on the wing, to share in the abundance of this wild space!
This wide open field under open skies became as a great banquet hall for butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles in a way that would surely be the delight of any entomologist.
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.