It’s no accident that trees play a prominent role in the Bible. In fact, trees bookend the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
British historian Ian Morris argues that human values depend upon our methods of energy capture and storage.
“I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce.”
We live in an age of diminished faith, and of dead, eclipsed gods.
Are we wearing out the earth’s ability to sustain us, tilling the ground into oblivion, coming to the end of some invisible tether?
Edward Abbey’s was a great soul. The best reason to read Abbey, says Wendell Berry, is “for the consolation, for the comfort of being told the truth.”
My first encounter with natural delight changed my life. I ended up leaving my parish ministry in North Carolina to move to the United Kingdom. Since then, I’ve gone out into wildernesses and the countryside with increasing regularity, spending as much time as I responsibly can soaking in the natural world and learning how to delight.
Behold my grace through vessel, see my love / in bark-covered-twisted-winter-dead tree.