Imagine time when creation was complete and no one had sinned. God walked through the garden in the cool of the day. Adam and Eve could drink the water, eat the fruit, enjoy the weather, and visit with their Creator. Everything was just the way that it was intended to be. It was completely natural, but it was more than that. It was perfect.
From time to time we capture a glimpse of that creation. New fallen snow on a hillside. Clear waters flowing over rocks in a mountain stream. Mighty ocean waves crashing on the beach. The scent of spring flowers. Eagles soaring on thermal currents. No wonder God made these things. They are so beautiful. So graceful. So powerful. So inspiring. So comforting. So…perfect.
Folliot Pierpoint lived in Bath, England. One spring afternoon in 1864 he was overcome with the beauty in everything that he saw. Inspired, he penned his most famous hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth. Let his words inspire and encourage you as you read them:
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
As you continue your pilgrim journey to the foot of the cross, enjoy the beauty of the earth. Rejoice for the glory of the skies. Bask in the love of your Creator, for you indeed are truly loved.
Follow the Path!
[Use with The Attraction of Creation, day 6 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]