There are so many good influences for our choosing (and a lot of garbage as well). One of my favorite spiritual authors and guides of this century is Richard Rohr, “a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.” (You can find out more about Rohr at https://cac.org/). On January 31st Rohr posted a creation poem by Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual guides of the past century, to celebrate his 100th birthday, then invited readers to, "Spend some time witnessing the wonder of creation and write, draw, dance, or sing your own psalm of gratitude." Here are my responses.
I look out at the white landscape:
Snowy, cold, miles of white;
the world hunkered down, asleep, waiting for the kiss of Spring.
She will come
like a mother
gently waking her children.
And they will rise,
these children of nature
perhaps a bit slowly at first
testing the air, making sure it is safe.
But, oh, when they gather up their courage
these children of creation will burst forth in joy,
in full song
giving glory to God!
They will dance across the fields
and reach their hands up in joy and praise.
They will sing to the music of their Creator,
blessing the world with their gift of beauty.
Wind, warmth, water,
flower, fruit, foliage – nothing held back;
all given as gift.
Creation knows how to BE all that she was created to BE;
And God will smile with delight.
Lord, may we learn from nature how to praise you with full throated glee and without reservation. Amen.