February 8, 2015

My Father’s World

When Nancy retired from teaching in the Penn Yan Central Schools, we bought a 23-foot trailer, and with no predetermined schedule, set out on a tour across the country. We avoided four lane highways as much as possible and  frequently found a surprise or an adventure waiting for us over the next hill.

What we found most often as we traveled from Acadia National Park in Maine to South Padre Island in Texas or from the Everglades National Park in Florida to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was a land of incredible grandeur and beauty, convincing proof that This Is My Father’s World.

In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome, we read;
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and  sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible  qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse  for not knowing God.”
Thomas Aquinas referred to our natural world as “the first book of scripture.” and Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr refers to nature as “our first and final cathedral… the one song of praise that never stops singing.”

How can anyone witness the glories of nature and deny the existence of a Creator?