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Psalm 19:3-4 Although they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard, their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world.
In high school and college, I backed off from the nature poetry of the Romantics. A newcomer to faith, I was rigid about what I considered proper theology. Too much emphasis on nature led to a bad word—pantheism. I wondered about eternal consequences for those who experienced God in nature.
After graduate school, I was teaching full-time and raising children, and I didn’t think about nature at all.
And then, as if beginning a new chapter, I saw passages celebrating God’s creation throughout the Old Testament and nature images permeating the language of Jesus. I discovered the Celtic saints who wrote of God’s presence throbbing in everything in creation. Instead of feeling dubious about Romantic poets and other faith traditions that celebrated creation, I discovered a rich connection in listening to nature and hearing the days and nights whispering—just like the psalmist said. God speaks to us through creation.