Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Groves Were God's First Temples

"The groves were God's first temples...

...As now they stand, massy, and tall, and dark, fit shrine for humble worshipper to hold Communion with his Maker. "

This excerpt from William Cullen Bryant's A Forest Hymn describes how I feel each time I go to the Redwoods. We took a few days off last month from our busy lives to drive up the coast highway to Big Sur. Always inspiring and breathtaking, Big Sur is one of our favorite places to vacation.

I couldn't help but notice the effects of recent fire, flood, and our crippled state budget on the area. In a way, the magic of Big Sur seemed distant to me on this visit. But, I know that Big Sur has survived thousands of years and this is just a moment in time. The Redwoods have the scars of past fires and floods and yet they still stand, pointing ever upwards, directing the finite towards the infinite.

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead..." ~Romans 1:20

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


coloradomama said...

My sentiments exactly, Kevin. Every time we visited the redwoods, no matter what was happening in our lives I felt a peace which passes all understanding.

Hippie Christian said...

That is why I go there as often as I can. The redwoods are such an energizing place.

Anonymous said...

cool post, i just foud your blog!
i often use that quote from romans. here's another good one from wisdom:

"...let them deduce from these how much mightier is he that has formed them, since through the grandeur and beauty of the creatures we may, by analogy, contemplate their author...if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge to be able to investigate the world, how have they been so slow to find it's master?" - Wisdom chp. 13

grace and peace in XC, the christian quasi-hippie.

Hippie Christian said...

Thanks DHM for checking out my blog and for sharing the quote.

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Hippie Christian said...

Thanks Country Girl for your comment and the cool link.