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Images of Nature

To be out in nature, re-confirming our connection to that which we did not make, is a form of worship for many people.  In fact, it is easy to make the case that many of our society’s deepest problems stem from our dis-association with the natural world.  Images of nature permeate our music, our poetry, our liturgy as our understanding of God evolves away from the idea of a supernatural being.  Nature provides the metaphors, as in Denise Levertov’s poem “Witness”:

Sometimes the mountain
is hidden from me in veils
of cloud, sometimes
I am hidden from the mountain
in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue,
when I forget or refuse to go
down to the shore or a few yards
up the road, on a clear day,
to reconfirm
that witnessing presence.