Nature As

Spiritual Experience

And to the man [the Wise and Holy One] said, “Because you ... have eaten of the tree about which I commanded ..., ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the [earth] because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the [earth], for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

(Genesis 3:17–19 NRSV)

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain [the glorious liberty of the children of God]. {For w}e know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now… .

(Romans 8:19–22 NRSV [RSV] {NET})

The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.

(Psalm 104:16–17 NRSV)

Sunday 28 August 2011


O Wise and Holy One, our Creator,

As in Adam you gave us dominion

     over your creation

So in the Christ

you model that dominion

     in his over us —

You accept us

     as we are;

You enable us

     to become the best of that.

But our dominion

     falls short of your model —

We do not value

     River, Tree, Trout, and Deer

     as they are,

     as you created them;

We exploit them

for what we can get from them —

     kilowatt-hours from River;

     newsprint and lumber from Tree;

     tourist dollars from Trout and Deer.

Even our conserving

     is self-serving —

We conserve only

     what we would consume.

O Wise and Holy One

     our dominion has oppressed

     your creation;

Give us the will

     to re-model our dominion

     on yours in the Christ

that, together with us,

     the whole creation

     may begin to know

     the glorious liberty

     of the children of God.


rev’d: 2011-08-28

Norm SD Esdon