Beauty and Surprises in Nature
Flowers can be awe-inspiring. And with good reason. As we contemplate the majesty and beauty of a flower, we should let our minds consider the awesomeness of the creator God who gave us these wonders.
I love flowers! They have such beauty and variety. Nature is full of beauty, surprises, and amazement. One time my computer screen showed some unusual multicolored tree trunks with the caption, “Sometimes it seems like nature is just showing off.” The tree was a rainbow eucalyptus tree from Maui, Hawaii. Its multi-colored bark has hues of lavender, blue, green, orange, and maroon.
There is a beautiful hymn known as “Akathist of Thanksgiving” composed by Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a Siberian prison camp in 1940. The following is a short sample from the hymn:
“O Lord, how lovely it is to be Your guest. Breeze full of scents; mountains reaching to the skies; water like boundless mirrors, reflecting the sun'[s golden rays and the scudding clouds. All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing the depth of tenderness. Birds and beasts of the forest bear the imprint of Your love. Blessed are You, mother earth, in Your fleeting loveliness, which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last for ever, in the land where, amid beauty that grows not old, the cry rings out: Alleluia!”
As the weather gets colder, we know that we are heading toward Thanksgiving Day. Let’s practice thanksgiving every day for all the little things including each lovely flower we see.
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