God’s Gift of Creation

Hereford BorthersA couple years ago, my good friend and coworker, Bill Bateson, accompanied me out to my cottage farm where I video taped a short reflection on God’s Gift of Creation. In this short video, with Bill & his camera on one side, my (former) two beautiful polled Herefords chewing the grass in the background, and my overgrown pasture all around us, I reflect, from Scripture and St. Bonaventure, on the importance of looking for the vestiges of God “in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20). Hopefully, our search for the evidence of God in His Creation should fill us with gratitude. I posted this on my previous blog, but I wanted to re-post it for your thoughts. (If you are interested in more of my thoughts along this line, you might check out my book, Life From Our Land.)

7 thoughts on “God’s Gift of Creation

  1. Amen, brother! I read your book Life From Our Land last year, and I found it insightful and inspiring. Two years ago my family and I moved to the country and now have a what-you-might-loosely-call hobby farm. Tending the land and getting some of our own food and fuel from it is a great way to reconnect with reality and see the beauty of its order and providential care. So important right now!

    1. So great to hear from you, Matt, and God bless you and your family out there enjoying your “hobby farm.” But if you’re reaping food and food, it’s not just a hobby, but a step towards sustainability.

  2. Love your video and would like to see more from you on your cottage farm. We’re in the middle of winter right now with temperatures today of 0 degrees but even the barron trees and white snow are beautiful creations of God.

    1. Couldn’t agree more! My wife and I finally ventured into town after the recent snow storm, and driving on the snow covered gravel roads through the woods was indeed a beautiful gift from God.

  3. Marcus you are also a wonderful gift!!! Thank you for showing us your peaceful farm 👍❤️❤️❤️

  4. Thank you for inviting us to the beautiful farm and for sharing your reflections on God’s gifts to us. I have begun a 15 week program called Prayer and Life Workshops , which is designed to introduce us to ways to deepen prayer life. Based on your video I shall place myself in natural settings to remind myself of God’s love for. I don’t have a farm, and, alas, no beautiful cows, but I do have a view of the harbor and also of trees, even those on my little (weedy) plot of land. And lots of birds! We are under a major migratory birds flight way!

    🙏🏼💕

    1. Nancy, you actually might have a better place than my farm to meditate, because when I walk around my farm, as I did in the video, I see a thousand tasks which I’ve been putting off and really need to get done! The shoulder high weeds around me shouldn’t be there–if I’d have kept up with mowing! But, I pray your workshops draw you closer to Him.

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