Saturday, February 28, 2015


"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir

This quote from John Muir, who was instrumental in setting up the US National Park System and the founder of the Sierra Club, closely mirrors a passage from Deuteronomy 8:3 -  

"Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."

I think Muir was onto something. The word of God can often be heard most clearly when we are in nature, walking in the forest, or observing something of beauty. God speaks to us through music, art, and all things of beauty. Take the time to look at the beauty that is all around us, and hear God speak to you.

Read more about Muir on Wikipedia. John Muir was an avid writer of short stories, see: John Muir: Nature Writings