“Before you mountains and hills shall break into cries of joy, and all the trees of the wild shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
From the time of Genesis to today, we see that the world around us reveals the sacred. Many of us see God at work in creation and can take a single flower, a stone, or a leaf and use it as a point of meditation. For instance, a single leaf can prompt consideration of life and death, our connection to our Creator, the beauty and complexity of the days, and the significance of our place in the whole of creation. In this space, participates will choose an object from nature, consider its gifts, and what it reveals about God.
Materials needed: small table dressed as altar; small objects from nature such as a rock, flowers in vase, pinecone, sticks, leaves, nut, sea shells, berries, fruit or vegetables are arranged on the table in an attractive way.
Instructions: Look at the collection of items from nature displayed here until you are drawn to one of them. Look closely at it, turn it, feel it, and think freely about it. After several minutes, ask yourself:
How am I like this gift of nature?
How am I different?
What does this piece of nature reveal about God?
Is the Creator speaking to me in some way through this piece of creation?
Return the item to its place. If you desire, you can consider multiple items.
Credit: From Contemplative by Design by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ©2015 The Upper Room
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