July 27, 2017
I always look forward to the outdoor service we do in the summertime.
I love this opportunity to pray, reflect, and sing together in our Unity nature park! Our birds seem to be particularly joyful this year and will definitely add their voices to our celebration.
For many of us, being outside is the best way to “have church.” Human-made temples can be breath-taking, but the spiritual lessons and experiences to be found in the Temple of Mother Nature are incomparable. Even in a backyard.
For one thing, Nature cannot be contained. Neither can She be controlled – despite all efforts to the contrary. She is always in movement. Even on a quiet day with seemingly no wind, if you watch closely, you can always find rogue leaves dancing in the trees. And when She decides she wants to let loose, there is no holding her back!
The earth is alive! Many people don’t realize that even soil is a living thing. When we pour all kinds of chemicals on it we are actually killing the soil (which we then try to revive with other chemicals).
I’ve been reflecting on the idea of what it might look like to see Mother Nature as a dance partner and to allow her to lead. I invite you to join me in further reflection at our ONE 10am service outside this Sunday.
“You are invited to cast your awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.” –Thomas Merton