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Loving Even the Storm

Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
―Fyodor Dostoevsky

God's glory amidst the storm clouds

God’s glory amidst the storm clouds

The Tetons – Crammed with God’s Beauty

This is one of my favorite quotes from poetry:

Earth’s crammed with heaven
And every common bush
Afire with God
But only he who sees,
Takes off his shoes.
The rest sit round it,
And pluck blackberries.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Certainly the Grand Tetons are crammed with the beauty of God

Certainly the Grand Tetons are crammed with the beauty of God


Let Us Recognize All of God’s Creation

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
– May Angelou

Can you spot the chipmunk?

Can you spot the chipmunk?

Created so that We May Rejoice

I am settling into my new home after driving through some of the most beautiful places in the world. It is time to return to my blog, OPreach. But since I haven’t found my stride ye, and have a few trips on the horizon, I plan to post only once a week for a while – every Tuesday or Monday. Of course if some irresistible creative thought occurs to me, I may make an “extra” post now and again.

For now I would like to share some of the beauty I have experienced along the way.

Wild Columbine at Two Medicine in Glacier

Wild Columbine at Two Medicine in Glacier


There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
― John Calvin


So Much Has Been Given Me

Because I will be traveling cross-country, on my way to my new home in River Forest, Illinois, I am taking a break from OPreach for the month of August.

So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.
- Helen Keller

The Wisdom of Experience

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

- Aldous Huxley


The experience of a Tahoe sunset

The Making of the Wise Heart

It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.

- Sara Teasdale



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