CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: A presence full of love

AS I write this it is pouring with rain, so to cheer myself up, I imagine a warm sunny day.

I am going for a walk in a wood. I am walking briskly and making a bit of noise; my breathing is heavy and with each step twigs snap and leaves crunch. I seem to be in a hurry.

I don’t think there is much wildlife in this wood, there is nothing apart from me and the noises I make and my own preoccupations. At least I don’t notice anything else.

But then I stop, my breathing quietens and I stay very still.

Now I can hear all sorts of sounds that I hadn’t noticed before: a trickle of water, the movement of a small animal, birds singing.

It seems the world around me is full of life and movement and sound and beauty. I should stop more often.

I wonder if I sometimes experience something which is more than nature in a similar way.

I stop the rushing and the noise (both real and inside my head) and there, underneath everything that fills my day-to-day existence, there is a presence, a life, a beauty.

And that presence is full of love. That presence is love.

Because we have language we want to give things names and I feel I should name this presence. The word God seems to fit, so that is what I will use.

 

The Rev John Dixon

Vicar of Hawkshead, Sawrey, Rusland and Satterthwaite

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11:14am Mon 20 Jan 14

kendal brat says...

Nature can often have a beautiful appearance, it's a scene of wonder and amazement, no question. I spend more time than I should admiring its beauty and serenity.

But it is underpinned by heartlessness and cruelty, an evolutionary process which demands that those higher up the food chain cruelly exact their torture and death on those below in order to survive themselves. A humpback whale needs to kill at least 5,000 other animals every day to survive. Some species of birds give birth to two young, so that the bigger chick can devour the weaker. Can you tell me how many animals are killed each day to feed the animals in a zoo?

We have natural disasters that wreak havoc on nature and humanity, killing thousands every year.
We have small children in the undeveloped world dying in pain and misery at the rate of one per minute, because of the selfish survival needs of the malarial mosquito.

If you invoke a God that " so loved the world" for "all things bright and beautiful", you also have to query why he underpinned that beauty by creating such an unnecessarily torturous, desperate and risky method for survival.
Nature can often have a beautiful appearance, it's a scene of wonder and amazement, no question. I spend more time than I should admiring its beauty and serenity. But it is underpinned by heartlessness and cruelty, an evolutionary process which demands that those higher up the food chain cruelly exact their torture and death on those below in order to survive themselves. A humpback whale needs to kill at least 5,000 other animals every day to survive. Some species of birds give birth to two young, so that the bigger chick can devour the weaker. Can you tell me how many animals are killed each day to feed the animals in a zoo? We have natural disasters that wreak havoc on nature and humanity, killing thousands every year. We have small children in the undeveloped world dying in pain and misery at the rate of one per minute, because of the selfish survival needs of the malarial mosquito. If you invoke a God that " so loved the world" for "all things bright and beautiful", you also have to query why he underpinned that beauty by creating such an unnecessarily torturous, desperate and risky method for survival. kendal brat

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