High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Knowing God Through Nature

To know God through nature seems like an easy thing. A beautiful sunset seems like an easy place to settle into the peace of God’s presence. A gentle, cleansing rain after a time of dryness and drought, watching the geese fly overhead, listening to water tumbling over rocks in a river, the first spring crocuses in the pasture – all of these easily help us to sink into the wonder and joy of the Creator.


You might have a special spot in creation that helps you into God’s presence. It might be that just imagining that spot brings a smile to your face and peace to your spirit.


But God is also in the thunder and lightning, the bitter cold and blowing wind of snowstorms, the peaks and valleys of mountain landscape, and the endless expanse of prairies. Psalm 29 declares that God sits enthroned over the flood – which evokes particular memories and images for those of us who were in High River in 2013.


This isn’t to say that God is choosing to cause the destruction that happens with floods, forest fires, hailstorms or hurricanes. Yet these too are natural parts of God’s creation, parts that we need to learn to live in partnership with, rather than ignoring.


What does it mean for you to know God through nature?


With love and blessings,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

High River United Church – a community of help, home & hope



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