First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone:(203) 744-6177

The Lessons God Has Hidden Within Nature

We are called forth to trust in God more than ever.

Posted April 29, 2020)Reverend Pat Kriss

I am the breeze that nurtures all things green. I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am the rain coming from the dew that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.”- Hildegard of Bingen, 12TH century mystic

You simply cannot hold it back. Nature is ready to “Spring” forth. The early leaves are bursting forth. My backyard trees are filled with goldfinches who flit from branch to feeder like concentrated yellow sunbeams. Migratory songbirds are filling the first hours of dawn with music we haven’t heard since last summer.

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As we watch from our indoor safe spaces, there’s a lesson here in all of this. It’s all right. The birds and the trees and emerging plants have but one message for us, hibernating inside. And that message is: God’s got this. The world is thriving, even if our spirits are not. Not yet.

This Sunday we will spend time together discovering some amazing lessons God has hidden within nature and Divine design that, in some cases, humans have already incorporated in their own creations.

On this Communion Sunday, we’ll not only share within our homes our version of bread and the fruit of the vine. We’ll “commune” with the greater part of creation.

The author of todays’ quote, Hildegard of Bingen, was a twelfth century German Benedictine nun that few, except some Catholics, know about. In her beatific experience, God spoke through every aspect of nature in a clear voice. She was more than a mystic. As one of her biographers described her, “she was also a prolific writer, musician, composer, theologian, playwright, teacher, herbalist, and healer… She saw the earth as a living organism endowed with the same vital power that animates all life forms. It was a central theme in her life and work. ‘The earth sustains humanity. It must not be injured; it must not be destroyed,’ she declared.”

As we are called forth to trust in God more than ever in the current crisis, I’m asking you to spend a few minutes in this Sunday’s service listening to the ways that we can be healed, body and soul, in the hands of the One that creates all. Join us for a joyful Sunday!


First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177

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