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Published 07-07-10
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Tzvi Freeman, St. Peter Eymard, George Washington Carver,
St. Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Carlyle


Dear Readers,

As singer John Denver wrote, "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy."
I don't recall meeting anyone not moved by nature. Some revel in the majesty
of snowy mountains. Others find peace by a placid stream or in the starkness
of the quiet desert. I'm always struck by nature's unending diversity: just how
many varieties of flowers? How many shapes and sizes of dogs? What about
the infinite shades and hues of leaves? Earthly scents? Human skin colors?
And they're all beautiful. I believe they touch us because we sense the hand
of the Creator in them - which makes them part of us and us part of them.

For most of us, nature is a conduit to God. He allows us to glimpse Him in
the world around us, and so guides us to have faith in the vast parts of Him
that we cannot see. Science bespeaks his order. Beauty bespeaks His
glory. Awe bespeaks His majesty. Variety, His Infinite Being. And
best of all, nature's constant exuberance speaks to His
eternal and wildly extravagant love for us.

- Lisa

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Maui, HI mountain
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Everywhere in the world, parents play peek-a-boo with their
children. It is a major discovery of life, a cornerstone in human
development: To realize that something is there even when you
cannot see it, that the world is not defined by your subjective
perception, that there is something that absolutely is--
whether you know it or not.

All our life, all of the world, is G-d playing with us that same
game. He peeks with a miracle and then hides behind
nature. Eventually, we look behind nature
to find Him there.

Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rabbi,
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
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Faith is to believe what you
do not see; the reward of this
faith is to see what you believe.

St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)
French founder of two Catholic orders


I love to think of nature as an unlimited
broadcasting system through which
God speaks to us every hour;
if we still only tune in.

George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
American scientist, botanist, inventor

Sedona, AZ red rocks
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O God, by whose laws the poles revolve, the stars
follow their courses, the sun rules the day and the
moon presides over the night; and all the world
maintains, as far as this world of sense allows,
the wondrous stability of things by means of the
orders and recurrences of seasons: through the days
by the changing of light and darkness, through the
months by the moon's progressions and declines,
through the cycles by the completion of the sun's
course, through the great eras of time by the
return of the stars to their starting points.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Latin Church father, theologian, philosopher


The Last Word:

This world, after all our science and sciences,
is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable,
magical and more, to whosoever
will think of it.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Scottish writer, essayist, historian






























































Random Bonus Quote:

Wisdom has been defined as knowing the difference
between pulling your weight and throwing it around.



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