Inspired by Nature

Nature provides us with a never-ending source of imagery for the Divine.  Whether it’s adapting ancient words, like St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, or writing new poetry, when we want to express awe or humility or deep connection, we look for those evocations in the natural world.  Naturalist and explorer John Muir beautifully expresses this source of inspiration in his little poem “A Summer Reflection”:

I only went out for a walk
and finally concluded to stay out
until sundown,
for going out,
I found,
was really going in.