The Faithnetworker Newsletter
Vol. 2. No. 7, September 8, 2001
Resources for Your Spiritual Journey
Faithnet.org has a whole collection of resources to help you along
the way in your spiritual journey. Check out our library of personal
devotions and links to other resources.
Furthermore, you can have a personal pastoral conversation with Trevor
in a number of ways: in his Tuesday evening chats on Paltalk, by meeting
him in our chat foyer, or via email.
Worshiping the Creator
Cool Scripture Cite
"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will son for joy" (Psalm 96:11-12)
As Richard Foster writes in Celebration of Discipline, "We now
come to the least recognized but perhaps the most important field
of study: the observation of reality in things, events, and actions.
The easiest place to begin is with nature. It is not difficult to
see that the created order has many things to teach us."
The touchstone of spiritual experience, for me, is awe. When I view
a sky of stars, or the vastness of a canyon or mountain range, my spirit
wells up with awe at the transcendence depicted before me. Glancing over
the geological facts on display at a ranger's station only enhances my
experience by informing me of the forces at work in the earth throughout
the expanse of time.
Even the scrub oak trees in my south Texas backyard can occasion a worshipful
moment as they remind me of the subtleness of nature's strength and complexities.
And the thunderstorms that meander through this climate can evoke a fearful
sense of nature's power . . . and the limits of my own.
My journey on this planet is only as a breath, or lightening flash in
the scheme of nature's relentless history. Consequently, my prayers take
on a more humble tone--perhaps a more honest quality--when prompted by