“Truth, beauty, and holiness are powerful and effective aids to true worship…. Beauty is most religious when it is most simple and nature like.” [UB 167: 6]
Thought Adjuster: “What prompts your soul to spontaneously sing the praise of its Maker is beautifully articulated in the lyrics of this worship song:
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art…
“What a better place to worship and be emotionally uplifted toward a deep communion with the Creator than to contemplate His amazing works?
“[Jesus] by precept and example taught the value of worshiping the Creator amid the natural surroundings of creation. He preferred to commune with the heavenly Father amidst the trees and among the lowly creatures of the natural world. He rejoiced to contemplate the Father through the inspiring spectacle of the starry realms of the Creator Sons.” [UB 167:6]
“Each one of you is unique in so many ways. There should be no guilt associated with seeking the Father wherever your heart prompts you to, rather than ‘suffering through’ the rigid regulations of some places of cult. What matters is that your soul finds the best fit for its uninhibited expression.
“Let it shout freely from a mountain top! Let it listen spellbound to the musical murmurs of a stream! Let it be lifted by the gentle caresses of warm gusts of winds! SET IT FREE TO LIVE AND LOVE TO THE FULLEST, rather than holding it captive and restless under the supposed authority of those who do not know any better, as they have never tried.
“How do you feel after spending hours in nature, filling your lungs with breaths of fresh air that also do wonder about clearing your head from the fogginess of its mundane preoccupations? Doesn’t nature ‘naturally’ prompt your whole being to relish in its beauty—even if you may be out of sorts at first? It surely does not exert such a positive influence on you by engaging your intellect. Instead, it engages your heart. It is what true worship is about—a discourse-free connection that gives you a ‘heart full, not an ear full.”