The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The promise of spring

Becoming again like children, we can hear the trees of the forest singing for joy

Another year, another spring. It's easy to feel freshness in the air, but there is more than just lovely exuberance here. As a naturalist, I've learned that, if I wait and watch, the weave of creation reveals God's glory in ways that the works of human hands do not.

"Ever since the creation of the world," Paul wrote, "God's eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made" (Romans 1:20). So we can look for wonder in what we experience, finding God's exuberant joy in the trees and the mist, the fog and the flowers — especially in springtime.

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