Blessed Savior, in love you came to us as a child.

Enlighten our hearts, that we may more deeply understand the richness of this gift and practice more faithfully your call to give of ourselves in love.

from Daily Prayer for All Seasons

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Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all you ocean depths! Do the same, fire and hail, snow and smoke, stormy wind that does what God says! Do the same, you mountains, every single hill, fruit trees, and every single cedar! Do the same, you animals — wild or tame — you creatures that creep along and you birds that fly! Do the same, you kings of the earth and every single person, you princes and every single ruler on earth! Do the same, you young men — young women too! — you who are old together with you who are young!

Psalm 148:7-12

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Have you ever considered that before there were synagogues, mosques, temples, churches, and cathedrals, there was only the creation? Before humans constructed buildings and spaces in which to worship and focus their attention on God, creation was already joined in an endless song and inviting humanity to enter the chorus. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a good Episcopalian and love beautiful church architecture as much as anyone. I’m not suggesting that we should abandon our church buildings and exclusively worship outdoors going forward.

But I just can’t help but notice that God has already made some incredible natural cathedrals. The Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, the Redwoods of California. Closer to home for me are the shores of Lake Michigan or the woods of the forest preserves here in the suburbs of Chicago. These are all spaces that inspire praise and worship and draw my attention toward the Creator. What are the natural spaces that inspire praise for you? How are they calling you?

Chad Senuta

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Creator God, thank you for the cathedrals in nature you have built for me since the beginning of time. Thank you that every part of creation is joined in endless song praising you. Help me to join in the chorus. Amen.

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Though I'm prone to leave Your side / You draw me like the tide

You are constant in my wandering / You are brighter than the dark in me / You are the love that sets me free

You are faithful / You are faithful / You are

from “You are” by David Crowder (2014)

Chad Senuta

Chad Senuta serves as the Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and as the Chaplain for Canterbury House at Northwestern University. He is also an Associate Trainer for Peer Ministry. He enjoys good coffee, listening to music on vinyl, and spending time with his family. He lives in Northfield, IL with his wife Lisa and two daughters.

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