The Dimming Of Creation, The Dimming Of The Stars

The Dimming Of Creation, The Dimming Of The Stars

We yet have things to learn from wanderings, things to learn in nature and in the calming quiet.


I chuckled to my friend about a silly little wren the other day. Turns out, they did not even know that a wren was a bird. I wouldn't have known either, only I was blessed to have a mom who knows that sort of thing and to live by some woods. Now we know how to play dozens of different app games... but usually we don't know the birds, don't care.

Stars! The stars have dimmed in our imaginations! We used to be guided by them; they were a part of culture and conversation, a constant source of wonder. Stars were both legends and directions. What used to be an incredible spread of imagination, a living canvas of light, is to most people just little pinpricks in the night sky. People in cities cannot even see dancing constellations. I feel lost when I look up to a starless sky.

Let me tell you, one of my favorite things in this world to do is to flip off all the lights back at my house and to take a walk down the long driveway. The stars are bright and clear in the crisp air of winter, and I can lay down spread-eagled in the grass during the summer. Often, even the Milky Way is visible. And I stare and stare, and draw it all in, and I think of all the people before me who have looked upon them, all the stories they have seen from their perches.

The Bible tells us that God named the stars, every one of the billions. Glorious. He had no need to make this universe of enormity, but He did... just like an incredible gift, a testament to His power and beauty.

What a great quote in C. S. Lewis' "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader":

"In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas."
Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of."

Can we trade entertainment for imagination? Think of things not only in scientific terms, but with meaning, imbued with God-given meaning, with creativity and color and story.

A thing is not defined by laws and principles and substance alone. Humans are not defined by laws and principles and substance alone. We are much more.

No longer are we people of the land, of loam and crops and seasons passing. No longer providing for ourselves, not feeling the weight of eating crops and animals that we raised ourselves. And never, never silence. Never stillness and solitude in which to think and to worship. In which "to give glory back."

"Be still and know that I am God." [1]

Silence is crucial for worship. When we are noisy, we are often distracted with our own affairs, all about making much of ourselves. But in the silence, we can realize the sickness of self and hearken to what is outside self, to beautiful, soul-calming things, to God and His glory.

Thought and reflection are essential to praise.

It is important to pray in the quiet, to meet God in the secret place.

This is a poem about the healing nature of creation, of God's seen revelation.

The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." [2]

Do not rob yourself of the gifts of Creation, know Him and wander into His natural gifts in awe. He exalts himself in all the earth.

You could spend your empty hours of today looking at a screen or scrolling through your phone, or you could meander out into knowledge and adventure, into thick woods and curving deer trails, breathing the fresh, clean air. We lose something when disconnect ourselves from the rolling land, from the earth and its revelation about God.

We yet have things to learn from wanderings, things to learn in nature and in the calming quiet.

These learnings in the fields and the woods can't be measured, can't always be boasted about or slapped onto a resume, but they are gold to the soul.

From the twinkling Orion to rustling grasses to fiery crimson sunrises to the chirp of a chickadee... The miracle of life from a lowing cow to a screaming hawk:


Thank you, God.

[1] Psalm 46:10

[2] Wendell Berry

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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To The Christian Girl Against Feminism, Religion Isn't An Excuse Not To Fight For Equality

Religion is not an excuse to not fight for feminism.


When I first read the article "I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist..." I thought it had to be a joke. Unfortunately, it was a sad reality.

I am a privileged white female. I came from a middle-class family with a law-enforcement father. I still am smart enough to realize we NEED intersectional, no strings attached, unconditional feminism. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong. In this case, the author is trying to base her outdated sexist beliefs on the Bible, and I am appalled.

At first, I thought it was a joke, I genuinely read the title out loud to my father and even he said it had to be a man pretending to be a woman. As I read the article I realized that sadly this is a girl who has had religion corrupt her life.

Religion can be a beautiful thing, it can change lives and give people hope that they need. I have heard countless stories about how finding a god has made people better, and that is incredible. However, using religion to say women don't deserve the same as men is absolutely absurd.

Part of me wants to scream in her face that she can't be ok with being a victim, another part of me wants to throw my hands up and give up on her and like-minded individuals. However, in a time like ours where women are coming so close to being equals, I can't sit down or act irrationally.

So here are the facts:

1. Women who work fulltime only make 77% of men's salaries on average. African American women only make 64 cents per dollar and Latina women only make 56 cents per dollar. Imagine being just as capable and trained just as well but a guy makes more money than you because he has a penis.

2. One in three women around the globe has experienced sexual violence. ONE IN EVERY THREE. YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY SURVIVORS. If women were considered equals that would not be the case.

3. Only 24% of high-level management positions are held by women. That's worldwide. 195 countries. Let that sink in. This isn't because women aren't smart either, 60% of all United States college degrees are awarded to women.

4. Women are not allowed to vote in many places, like Saudi Arabia or the Vatican. Imagine not having the right to vote! YOU GET NO SAY IN ANYTHING.

You can thank women for your right to work, vote, get an education, practice a religion that you chose, a range of professions, windshield wipers, bras, dishwashers, diapers, need I go on?

Women are strong as hell and your misinterpretation of an outdated book does not dimish all of the amazing things women have accomplished and will continue to accomplish.

To quote one bad bitch, "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." — Beyoncé Knowles Carter.

Now ladies let's get into our feminist formation and fight for our rights!

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