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By Jeff Moen, Grace United Methodist Church
When you learn to see God as Nature with a capital N, you learn to know that God is in beauty every place you go. Whether you see all the flower gardens in the summer, the leaves changing color (all different ones) in the fall or the snow with the geometric structure of a tree in the winter, or flora budding up in the spring. One of my favorite "family times" was when I went camping in Colorado with my grandparents (she dug out wild flowers and he went trout fishing).
I love also seeing the work of the spiritual in the recovery programs I have been to (I have seen more of the "Golden Rule" in recovery than anywhere else). I have experienced the presence of the "spiritual" through education (I had two of the best English teachers, a great acting teacher, great Speech and Communications teachers, and the best anthropology teachers at Wright and Northeastern in Chicago, where I discovered John Muir and his writings. I highly recommend "My First Summer in the Sierra." I discovered the books of Shirley MacLaine. You can say that Step 3 (Making a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him) began for me when I saw her one-woman show! Then I read "Out On A Limb,” "Dancing In the Light," "Going Within," and "The Coming." Your God is everywhere. You just have to look.