Say “Thank You”

God saw all that he had
made, and it was very good.
            —Genesis 1:31

Edward Abbey worked two summers as a park ranger at what is now known as Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah. Out of that experience, he wrote the book, Desert Solitaire, deemed one of the best nature narratives in American literature. His vivid descriptions are enthralling. He was captivated by the creation, but not by the Creator. Abbey was an atheist.

Chapter one of Genesis chronicles beginnings, concluding with this sentence: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good [pleasant, beautiful]” (Gn 1:31).

God can be “clearly seen,” writes Paul, “through the things he has made,” but many neither honor him as God or even give him thanks (Rom 1:19–21).

Now would be a good time to step outside, look with fresh eyes, and say, “Thank You.”

Look at nature. God is everywhere.

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