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Connecting with Nature

In Our National Parks, John Muir wrote, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

I recently traveled to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Glacier National Park in Montana just as fall was beginning to set in. After hiking through the trails and up the mountainside, I felt alive. The fresh air filled my lungs and the leaves were beginning to fall. I needed this time! My soul was restless and tired. Summer had been so busy and full, everything was growing and needing my attention and endless chores kept me moving day and night. Visitors coming and going, events with family and friends, bbq's and evenings full of activities. I enjoyed it all tremendously but never checked in. I spent two weeks on the couch after injuring my back. My body was going to make me rest!

As I explored the wilderness and took it all in, I felt the weight of it all leave me. My cares were dropping off "like autumn leaves." I enjoyed the quiet stillness of the woods and the benches overlooking the lakes. It was a sweet time I will not easily forget. And through it all, I realized my need to walk among the trees, to set aside my schedule and to connect to God through His creation. It was made for us to enjoy! Now back in the city, the trees are calling me. It won't be long before we connect once again and nature's peace fills my soul!

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