Great Lessons from Plants and Trees: Part 1

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Rev. Kit B. Billings
LaPorte New Church Swedenborgian
Psalm 1:1-4 | John 8:12

By means of the Lord’s infinite wisdom shining forth into life, we find that God uses many channels of revelation for us to enjoy. For example there is the literal degree of truth we find in the Bible, such as when Jesus said, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt. 5:44-45); or in Matthew 5:9 where Christ teaches us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

But in even more poetic and symbolic ways God is constantly preaching to us within many diverse forms of life in Nature. This is the level of allegory, which is reflected in a lovely Native American proverb from the Huron tribes that bids us, “Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.”

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