Here are some pictures from an old growth forest we hiked today, as well as a “wilderness area”–that is actually a specific designation, by legislative action, which means that humans can’t manage the land at all: the natural life and death cycles of the animals and plants are allowed to take their course. Somehow to me that feels like a witness to a deep faith and trust in the continuing work of God, through natural selection, mutation, evolution, etc., and God’s ability to bring life out of death, and to do a new thing. It was beautiful. In the old growth forest, some of the trees were over 300 years old. I also found a little Chickadee’s nest in a log–her babies were tiny! And, isn’t the Mountain Laurel lovely?
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I teach theology at United Lutheran Seminary, and I am the Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life/College Chaplain at Gettysburg College. I am an inveterate optimist, runner, vegetarian, and harp player. I love Mary Oliver and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and like them, I'm continually delighted by all the surprising and wonderful ways God shows up in the world. View all posts by happylutheran