I used to scoff at people who said they felt closest to God in nature. It’s not that I thought there was anything wrong with nature, exactly. I just thought that real closeness to God was earned through the disciplined acts of prayer, studying Scripture and going to Mass. Those are precious gifts, of course—graces that lead us to God. Yet, the created world was God’s first revelation to us. God poured his truth into the universe even before he created humanity, before he inspired the Scriptures and before Jesus came to dwell among us. Of course God is present in nature, speaking through it, saturating every inch of it with his lavish attention and presence. It is not a path to take instead of others but still yet another precious gift that leads us to him.
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