An illuminated stream of water is used for purification and healing. It has overtones of suffering and redemption that symbolizes rebirth. God, Allah, Brahma, and Dao show water is predominant in nature's manifestations. This belief is emblematic of these devotions.
Thanksgiving for All God's Creation
Thanksgiving for All God's Creation
A pediatric surgeon Bernie Siegel (b. 1932) said, “God wants us to know that life is a series
of beginnings, not endings. Just as
graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create
a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will
cease.” Inevitably, Siegel was
putting his trust in mankind to create a perfect world. But our world is broken because of our sinful
ways. Christians believe it will only be
transformed through a belief in Jesus Christ.
How should people live in this world? They have to use their imagination, and ask
God to guide them in their daily lives. George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), an Irish playwright
and critic wrote, “Imagination is the
beginning of creation. You imagine what
you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” Believers will know God by meditating on his
Word. They will be touched by his divinity,
An actor and producer James Cromwell (b. 1940) said, “Often we are recreating what we think we’re
supposed to be as human beings. What we’ve
been told we’re supposed to be, instead of who we authentically are. The key about creation of full
self-expression is to be authentically who you are, to project that.” Such a gift comes by faith. With this gift all will walk in godly ways by
doing what’s right.
In God’s creative process wise people have pondered the role
of nature. Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936), an Italian
dramatist and novelist wrote, “Nature
uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.” The beautiful displays of trees, mountains,
and streams around us are a reflection on God’s grandiose nature. People’s hearts will leap upward to encounter
God’s gracious blessings.
Nevertheless, life is such a powerful statement of God’s
gifts to us. An attorney and Freemason
Albert Pike (1809–1891)
said, “One man is equivalent to all
Creation. One man is a World in
miniature.” In its full reality it’s
wise to view this phenomenon. Scripture reveals
humankind was made in God’s image and is spiritually like him.
How can people make a difference in the world? There’s some uncertainty about our life’s
mission. A French poet and novelist
Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
wrote, “One is not idle because one is
absorbed. There is both visible and
invisible labor. To contemplate is to
toil, to think is to do. The crossed
arms work, the clasped hands act. The
eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.” It’s always good to remember that everyone is
uniquely different. How can it be
determined what’s best? How do people contemplate
their love of nature? It’s worth noting
that practicing contemplative meditation is essential for justice, wholeness,
How should people regard creation? Who is ultimately responsible in this world? Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869–1942), second president
of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania said, “Jehovah created the earth and therefore it
is his by right of creation.” Every
aspect of life that exists is God’s gift to us.
He controls everything, and is the greatest source behind all living,
and non-living things. People ought to
be thankful for his wonderful creation.
Aloe Vera God’s Angel O behold the green aloe with succulent stems It’s a Godsend And people see this plant as an angel Strangers – ordinary folk, gardeners, And farmers do their part to grow this plant They are sure to care and nurture it in the right way And that’s the love they share with nature Aloe Vera must be watered infrequently to discourage rot So, its caretakers have to be sure the soil is dry before watering it The aloe needs six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily And there must be sandy soil if the plant is grown in-or-outdoors If the tips of the aloes become brown It’s a problem with too much watering This plant even grows well indoors with indirect sunlight But still growers must check the soil And remove roots that rot Aloe Vera is an angel because of its life-generating properties And it’s a popular ingredient in Indian and South Asian dishes It can be eaten cooked or raw But what else is this plant good for?
Rejoice! It’s Christmas Oh! What a glorious time To be alive When all the angels are singing And praising the Most High For the joys of this Christmas season A Savior is born in Bethlehem As a babe he came into the world In a simple manger Watched over by animals With his mother Mary And father Joseph at this side But our Redeemer lies in their midst Oh! What joy has come to mankind Millions now know this child Jesus All around the world Christians Have placed their trust in Him Christ is the Indispensable One The beginning and end of life So, glorify his Holy Name Give thanks for His Sacredness For the Savior of the Universe Was born on this blessed day Let all churches unite in prayer To welcome their Savior What an amazing day is Christmas! People show benevolence They give gifts, sing carols, Welcome, and glorify The Prince of Peace, And their new born King Alleluia! For this new reality! “God, you ha
An Author Who Inspires This Writer the Most By Erwin K Thomas The individual who has inspired this writer the most is Karen Armstrong. Armstrong was born in England on November 14, 1944. She is a historian of World Religions and an Interfaith Advocate. As a young Catholic nun, she suffered physical and psychological abuse, and left the convent in 1969. She attended St. Anne’s College, and later embarked on D.Phil. on the poet Tennyson. Having failed at this educational venture she taught English at James Allen’s Girls’ School. Eventually in life she overcame an undiagnosed temporal lobe epilepsy that was a troublesome health problem. In 1984, she became a broadcast presenter, and was commissioned by British Channel Four to make a TV documentary on religion. Armstrong’s spiritual books included: Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet (1991), A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1993), Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (1996), Islam: A Short Hi