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Softly, gently -- like the introduction to a harmonious song -- sunrise sends its glow over the Columbia River. A gaggle of geese swims peacefully into the day's beginning.
For a person who is up early on a walk, such a sight is the beautiful beginning to the day – a promise that, no matter how hectic the day gets with its many demands and anxieties (because, in our “modern” world we see a day of demands and anxieties to be normal), the reminder of this quiet, gentle time on the river is enough to bring one back to the things that matter: the gentle flow of the river, the soft honking of the geese, the wind whispering gently through the leaves.
Time in nature – whether it is in a city park or out in the wilderness – is crucial to feeding our souls as human beings. After all, the first place created was a garden – not a skyscraper, not an office cubicle, not a schoolroom. It is telling that, in the book of Genesis of the Bible, the place where God created to put man was a garden, but the place that man built to displace God was a tall, “modern” edifice.
So it is as we go through our day, seeking a place of solitude and rest. Rarely does our mind think, “I’ll take the elevator up to the 40th story of that skyscraper and I’ll find a nice desk to sit behind. There I’ll be able to contemplate the beauty of the desk set, the computer screen, the blinds that cover the windows.”
No, when we seek a place to think, it is often a place that God made, not humans – whether it is a place of majesty like the mountains or the sea, or a place of quiet tranquility like a slow moving river on a quiet morn.
Sunrise on the Columbia is featured on 36 Fine Art America groups.
August 23rd, 2017
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