Sunday Missive: Quotes for Earth Day

This morning I stood in my backyard among the trees, bushes, grass, water, birds, and squirrels. In that quiet I heard the Spirit of God that fills all of Earth and all of life.
     — MRM

7But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? 10In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
     — Job 12:7-10

“O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.”
     — Psalm 104:24

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.”
     — John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra.

“If you study what the Creator has put here on earth, you will learn many things. The earth has much to teach us.”
    
— Vi Hilbert (Upper Skagit Tribe) in Messengers of the Wind. Quoted in Chris Highland, Meditations of Walt Whitman, 67.

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