An antique book given years ago by my dear friend Katharine inspired the theme for my current showing at Onelife Community Church in Wedgwood, displayed through Thanksgiving Weekend.
Henry van Dyke’s poetry collection, Songs out of Doors (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1922) includes the poem, “God of the Open Air” which reminds me of God’s knack for relating to us through wild Creation. How God walked with Adam in the garden, how Christ fasted and rested in the wilderness, how our church buildings cannot contain God, and how we are a beloved part of Creation. When I stand next to a towering cedar, or walk a trail that wanders through a hillside of alpine wildflowers, or look down from a bluff onto turquoise ocean waves, I am reminded that the God who made this and called it good also made us, and called it very good. May we strive to live up to this.
Just a note, I didn’t strictly follow the poem’s meter with the excerpts. The entire poem can be found online.