Sometimes you don’t need a church

IMG_4527“So what has kept you coming back to this church? My reply simply “The teaching.” With slightly less charm than the Walmart greeter, this man in a suit tried to plug me into one of the programs, or small groups, while my mind was looking for the escape; he was cutting into my walk by the river time.
This morning I read: (link below) –Spirituality doesn’t need a church, sometimes a little run outside is all you need.
DSC_0137While I have been fortunate to visit some of the great churches in the world, DSC_0227 many times my soul has been most nourished in nature. To see a flower bloom in a remote spot, frost on a desert dune, the magnitude of the mountains, the gentle grandeur of a pine forest, sunset over the water; the calling of nature is within grasp of the human being, and it speaks volumes of serenity and calmness when life gets rushed or burdened. IMG_5314

β€œThe best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

This is the link I followed today for the initial inspiration for this post

2 thoughts on “Sometimes you don’t need a church

  1. Well said! I often feel the same way Joc, I always feel closer to God in nature and more at peace….Have enjoyed reading your blog πŸ™‚ Eva x


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