Reverence in Beauty in Stillness

I had a presby-quaker moment yesterday. I had been on a hike in the woods along a stream with my daughter, son, and their grandfather. We got to the end of the trail and turned around. my daughter promptly didn’t want to walk anymore and turned to me and said in her 2.5 year old command voice, “UP!” I tried to get her to walk a bit further, but eventually she won (she usually does) and I picked her up for the hike back. I said to her as she put her head on my shoulder and her arms around my neck, “Let’s have a listening walk.” Then we walked in silence the whole way back along the stream to where it emptied into the stillness of the lake. In those moments of our stillness, I became aware of beauty all around us – the tumble/chuckle of the stream, bird calls and crunchy fall leaves; and it seemed to me that beauty was leading me to reverence, and reverence leads me to God. So what is God but an answer to the beauty of stillness?

About Scottrick

Parent ~ Pastor ~ Poet ~ Author
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