Early Morning Praise

Early Morning Sky, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein;

Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord. ” A portion of Psalm 96

I had taken the last of my things from the Jackson’s home on Monday morning, and was ready to get into the van for the trip to the airport when I glanced at the sky and saw this rare scene. It was near dawn, and a storm gathered.

This morning as I read one of John Muir’s pieces, I thought of this picture I had snapped, and bring it to share. John Muir says this in his essay The Wilderness:

There is love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.

In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world–the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and the wounds heal ere we are aware.

I am often asked if I am not lonesome on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer–seems silly.

In the mountains, free, unimpeded, the imagination feeds on objects immense and eternal.

Monday was a juxtaposed day, for along with John Muir and David, the psalmist, for a moment, I had a glimpse of nature in the wild and, for a moment, had the distinct understanding that it was God who set such wonder in this earth…and then I was traveling by freeway…and then took my seat in a 737. The galling harness of civilization, John Muir would call it.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to Early Morning Praise

  1. Tom Contino says:

    Awesome scene that definitely speaks of God.

    Sis. Buxton: How is the tent meeting planning coming along? Is Bro. Howard still a part of that?

  2. helenl says:

    How can the heart not praise God upon seeing that picture. Words are mere drivel. Let the praises be!

  3. Kevin Hopper says:

    I just don’t know how people can look at pictures like this and say there is no God! I am sure a picture taken a little later would have brought out a lot more colors as the sun comes up more. I really enjoy the sunrise every morning! The night may be cold and dark but the sun will shine again!

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