Posted by: pilgrm34 | October 25, 2011

land is our medicine

The air is sharp with chill and heavy with mist even as gold leaves glow with sunlight over my head. It is early morning at Smith-Bybee Lakes. I inhale the cottonwood-scented air deeply several times remembering words spoken by a native American woman leader, “land is our medicine” from the book In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander. A great book.

Interestingly, JudeoChristianity in its earliest form also associates healing with nature if you examine wisdom tradition and the wilderness theme in Scripture. The Book of Job from chapter 38 on is all about that. Job finds peace and regains hope after learning to find awe in God’s creation (Job 38-42). In speaking to Job, God sarcastically comments on the wonders of His wild animals in sharp contrast to humans’ domesticated ones. Psalm 148, like Job, extols His creation. Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness is the starting point and basis for his healing ministry. We started with a land-based spirituality…what happened? How have we forgotten it?

Towering cottonwood over the path

a river of grass flowing in the morning sun

Bybee Lake covered with herons, ducks and shorebirds

wetlands in the morning sun

sun rays on leaves near Smith Lake wetlands


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