Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Tree gives Glory to God by Being a Tree


A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It "consents" so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.

The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be like something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less glory.


Thomas Merton/New Seeds of Contemplation

Image of Peck Lake, NY ©Brian Murphy

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