Sunlit Stream of Water is used for purification and healing. It signifies suffering and redemption that are the fruits of rebirth. God, Allah, Brahma, and Dao have water as dominant themes in nature's manifestations. This belief is figuratively true of these various 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.
Information Explosion Information is ubiquitous. It greets us throughout the day. We’re all awaken to pseudo-events. We rise in the morning to this barrage. Can we live without this information? Of what does it consist? What does the future hold? These questions deserve answers. The clock we depend on for the time. Our lives are shaped by this device. Radio & TV keep us entertained. It’s these media that’s sharing humor. American mass media is pervasive. Whether it’s print, electronic or film. Remember movies we saw in cinemas. These were funny, horror, and fantasy. Nor must we forget the impact of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram come to mind. What a way to keep up with family and friends. But all these media spell out tomes of pseudo-events.
Life-Affirming Truth Uphold what’s good. Nurture what’s beautiful. Embrace life’s affirmations. Let justice prevail. Why buy into falsehoods? Why tamper with the truth? What will people gain? A frigid wind is blowing. Let trumpets blast. Let’s clear the air. Abuse has no place. It only wrecks good lives. Bugles may sound. Deceivers may rule. But where’s the victory? It’s tarnished with deception. A battle with words prevails. Choose your side. People shiver when it’s cold, But delight in the warmth. Bad lies are just devastating.
A Flower from Despair Like a flower share warmth and tenderness in your relationships. It is these blessings that make hope blossom. But such gifts must be nurtured by good deeds. This love is wondrous because it is written deep within our hearts. For this happiness believers need security that springs from the depths of despair. A red rose is the epitome that brings such joy.